The aunt who helped raise Alton Sterling says, the fight isn’t over

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“I can’t tell you the amount of sleepless nights that I have.”

Sandra Sterling said, finding out the man responsible for taking her nephew’s life had a violent past, brings her to a place she’s still fighting to overcome.

“It angers me, it angers me especially that it took them this long to let the public know” said Sterling.

Sterling said, in July 2016, Officer Blane Salamoni took away a man that meant so much to her.

“When Alton got killed, he was kind of like my son. I helped raise him with my sister and my mom when my sister died” said Sterling.

After Police Chief Murphy Paul disclosed Salamoni’s past, both the family and their attorneys said, it was long overdue.

“We knew Blane Salamoni was a bad police officer. But, not just we knew, the city of Baton Rouge knew. The Baton Rouge Police Department knew. What came out today was the city coming clean.”

Attorney Michael Adams represents Alton Sterling’s children in a civil lawsuit. He said, the fight isn’t over.

“The worst fears about Blane Salamoni came true; he killed Alton Sterling. The city, the mayor, the police department, the metro council the parish attorney, they need to stand up and they need to come back with us to court and resolve this case for these children” said Adams.

Until then, the family is sending a clear message.

“We were never anti police, we were all about getting the bad guy and the bad guy got, got.”

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