On March 27, it was decided that the two Baton Rouge officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling would not be charged. Sterling was fatally shot on July 5, 2016 after police were called to a convenient store to investigate reports that a Black man in a red shirt threatened customers. Once officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II arrived, a confrontation ensued and Sterling was killed. He was 37 years old. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said the cops acted in a “reasonable and justifiable manner.” Blane Salamoni was terminated from the Baton Rogue police department on March 30, but he is appealing the termination.
Now it has been reported that Salamoni was charged with battery in an unrelated case. The New York Post reports, “Sgt. Don Coppola, a spokesman for the police department, confirmed Monday that a summons for a simple battery charge was issued to Salamoni. Coppola said he couldn’t immediately release any additional details about the charge.” Simple battery is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Although there aren’t details about the charge, Salamoni’s lawyer said, “Mayer said he believes police officials are using the battery case to influence Salamoni’s appeal. He said the police department apparently has known about the body camera video of the incident for nearly two years.” Does this mean the battery charged happened while Salamoni was on duty? If that is the case, how despicable that the officer who helped to kill a man, had another battery charge against him and he is still on the streets?
As Alton Sterling’s aunt, Veda Washington-Abusaleh, said outside of the courthouse in March, “He was murdered by two white racist police officers. He was murdered like an animal.”
Rest in power, Alton Sterling.
Celebrities React To The Shooting Death Of Alton Sterling By Police
1. Zendaya was one of the first celebs to react on social media.
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How many more times must this happen for us to matter? How many more must we lose?— Zendaya (@Zendaya) July 6, 2016
BLACK. LIVES. MATTER. #AltonSterling
2. Diggy Simmons shared his feelings on Twitter.Source: 2 of 16
3. NBA star John Wall simply tweeted Sterling’s name.Source: 3 of 16
4. D.L Hughley spoke out on cops wearing body cams.Source: 4 of 16
5. Justin Timberlake pleaded for the killings to stop
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HAS. TO. STOP. Devastating. https://t.co/C9Q0YePRMr— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) July 6, 2016
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7. Iggy Azalea tweeted for justiceSource: 7 of 16
8. Nick Jonas shared his thoughts
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This is so disturbing and wrong. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of #AltonSterling— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) July 6, 2016
9. Activist Deray Mckesson shared his disbelief.
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#AltonSterling could've been me, or you, or my uncle, or my father. & they killed him so easily. It was just so easy for them to kill him.— deray (@deray) July 6, 2016
10. Samira Wiley wants the media to “Say His Name.”
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#AltonSterling. Say his name.— Samira Wiley (@samirawiley) July 6, 2016
11. Karrueche shared her condolences.
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Love and prayers to Baton Rouge #AltonSterling— Karrueche Tran (@karrueche) July 6, 2016
12. Amy Schumer sent her love.Source: 12 of 16
13. NBA star Jeremy Lin expressed his frustration.Source: 13 of 16
14. Angie Martinez expressed her shock.
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Watching a murder on twitter is not ok man. Heartbreaking. And Infuriating. God help us all. #AltonSterling— Angie Martinez (@angiemartinez) July 6, 2016