BATON ROUGE, La. (BR Proud News) – Thursday, the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council made a decision on a $5-million-dollar judgement in the Alton Sterling Case.
The $5 million is inclusive to costs, interest, attorney fees, and any other amount in the case of Sterling’s daughter vs. the City of Baton Rouge.
The shooting happened in 2016 when Sterling was outside a corner store, selling CDs. Baton Rouge Police Officers questioned Sterling when a struggle began, leading to an officer firing his gun.
The incident caused unrest with many protests in and around the Baton Rouge area.
Federal and state prosecutors failed to press charges against the officers involved. They argued, Sterling reached for a handgun inside his pocket in the moments before the shooting.
In 2019, Chief Murphy Paul said Blane Salamoni, the officer who fired the shot, should have never been able to wear a uniform representing the department. “We are sorry,” said Paul. “He should have never been hired. While we can’t change the past, we can change the future.”
The trial is set for March 2021