Published: Sat, July 01, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Alton Sterling's Children Sue Police Department Over Father's Killing

Alton Sterling's Children Sue Police Department Over Father's Killing

Alton Sterling's five children have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming their father's fatal shooting past year by a Baton Rouge police officer violated his civil rights and fits a pattern of excessive force and racism within the police department's ranks.

In a report from the Associated Press, attorneys for Sterling's five children plan to file the suit against Baton Rouge, its police department and police chief and the two officers involved in the altercation with Sterling.

Sterling's children said in the suit that the shooting fit a racist pattern by police to use lethal force against Blacks, an issue that many protesters were vocal about during demonstrations following his death.

Attorneys L. Chris Stewart, Dale Glover, Mike Adams and Brandon DeCuir will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m.in Baton Rouge, said Ryan Julison, a spokesman for the family attorneys.

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The complaint alleges that officers Salamoni and Lake "violated and ignored basic police practices and, in particular, several "General Orders" as outlined in the policies and procedures manual of the Baton Rouge Police Department". In addition to the city and police department, the lawsuit specifically names officer Blane Salamoni, who killed Sterling last July; his colleague Howie Lake and their chief Carl Dabadie Jr.as defendants.

Before Sterling died, police had received two calls about him.

Police said Sterling resisted arrest and didn't respond when officers used a Taser on him, but video that surfaced after the shooting shows Sterling was pinned down by the officers. After telling Sterling to put his hands on the hood of a vehicle, a struggle ensued and Lake used his stun gun on Sterling.

The children are suing for an unknown amount of money, and the Baton Rouge Police Department and the city of Baton Rouge are named in the suit. Sterling was shot six times in the chest and back. Before the shooting, Sterling had reportedly been selling homemade CDs outside of the convenience store.

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