BATON ROUGE, LA (PPN) -Today, Lawyers that represent the children of Alton Sterling, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, the Baton Rouge Police Department, Officer Blaine Salamoni, Officer Howie Lake, Chief Carl Dabadie and an unnamed insurance company.
Attorneys L. Chris Stewart, Dale Glover, Mike Adams, and Brandon DeCuir held a news conference outside the 19th Judicial District Courthouse.
“We want to be very clear that this is a civil suit, this has nothing to do with the criminal investigation. The civil suit is for the children and for the community,” said Stewart. “This isn’t about should the officers go to jail – this is about the children.”
The lawsuit claims Officer Blane Salamoni’s shooting of Sterling was the product of poor training and inadequate police procedures.
“There is an environment that is prevalent in the Baton Rouge Police Department that has allowed officers to not de-escalate,” said Adams. “To use excessive force, to create and act upon racial bias. We want to be able to show that that the city has a responsibility to fix this problem. We can’t do anything to bring Alton Sterling back.”
The attorneys also filed a “survival action.” The reason for the filing is that the attorneys believe that those last three shots fired by Officers Salamoni and Lake, were excessive and they caused Sterling to suffer.
The defendants will now have time to file a response and a judge will determine whether this suit has merit.
Sterling, 37, was shot and killed outside the Triple S Food Mart on July 5, 2016.