37 years old
On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling was was shot and killed by Blane Salamoni in Baton Rouge, Louisianna.
Two police officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, were responding to a call about a man with gun. The caller was a homeless man who approached Sterling for money; he stated that Sterling revealed his weapon during the encounter.
Sterling, who was selling CD’s, was said to have started carrying due to vendors being robbed recently.
Sterling resisted when approached by the officers, and they tasered him several times.
They then forced him onto the hood of his car, and then onto the ground.
In video footage released of the encounter, Salamoni can be heard yelling “don’t f******* move, or I’ll shoot you in your f******* head” as he draws his gun.
The officers pin Sterling to the ground and attempt to control his arms.
Salamoni, who is on top of Sterling, yells that he is “going for the gun,” and then proceeds to shoot Sterling 3 times at close range; Salamoni then rolls off of him.
Sterling then rolls over, and Salamoni fires 3 more times, also at close range; Sterling was shot a total of 6 times.
The U.S. Department of Justice was called upon to investigate sterling’s death, and a civil rights investigation was opened in July of 2016.
In May of 2016, it was announced that neither Blane Salamoni nor Howie Lake II would be charged with anything.
The state of Louisiana then announced that it would begin an investigation. In March of 2018, it was declared that the state would also not bring charges against the officers, stating that they acted in a “reasonable and justifiable manner.”
That same month, Blane Salamoni was fired for violating use of force polices. Howie Lake II was suspended for three days for losing his temper.