The Baton Rouge NAACP said Friday its members are both angered and saddened that the Baton Rouge Union of Police continues to support Blaine Salamoni.
Baton Rouge NAACP leaders released a statement hours after the Baton Rouge Police Union called Police Chief Murphy Paul’s comments on Thursday “character assassination” of Blane Salamoni, the former officer who killed Alton Sterling during a struggle in 2016.
In a statement, the organization’s members said “The NAACP is thankful that Blane Salamoni’s appeal process has been resolved. We feel the settlement is in the best interests of the Baton Rouge Police Department, and the Citizens of Baton Rouge.
We are both angered and saddened, that the Baton Rouge Union of Police continues to support Blaine Salamoni. BUT FOR the BRPD’s handling of Mr. Salamoni’s employment and BUT FOR Mr. Salamoni’s processing of his interaction with the community, we would not have any associated loss of life.
The NAACP finds the support of Blaine Salamoni by the Baton Rouge Union of Police both Vile and Disgusting. Where was the Baton Rouge Union of Police while BRPD was under Consent Decree? For those reasons, we ask that our Elected Leadership immediately review the ongoing Contract Status of the Baton Rouge Union of Police. We believe that any organization supporting Blaine Salamoni compromises the integrity of that organization and is unworthy of our Tax Dollars. By supporting Blaine Salamoni, The Baton Rouge Union of Police has shown a troubling tolerance for those that disregard standard police procedures and criminal laws.
We hope that the Baton Rouge Union of Police will someday live up to the high morals and character set forth by Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul. Chief Murphy Paul presented courage, honesty, and integrity, all while illustrating what Police Accountability is.
The NAACP stands firmly in support of Chief Murphy Paul and all other members of this excellent Police Department, while asking the citizens of Baton Rouge to do the same. ”
Thursday, BRPD Chief Murphy Paul issued anapology to Alton Sterling’s family and the Baton Rouge community while giving an update on Blane Salamoni’s motion to dismiss an appear after he was fired. That decision was for Salamoni to not return to the Baton Rouge Police Department.