The five children of Alton Sterling have filed a wrongful death and survival action suit against the city of Baton Rouge and members involved in his shooting death.
In the complaint filed, the Baton Rouge Police department, Chief Carl Dabadie, Officers Blake Salamoni and Howie Lake II, and XYZ insurance company are listed as defendants in the suit.
The complaint alleges that officers Salamoni and Lake “violated and ignored basic police practices and, in particular, several ‘General Orders’ as outlined in the policies and procedures manual of the Baton Rouge Police Department.”
It also asserts that the shooting of Sterling in the back was “unnecessary” and “excessive” and is an act of gross negligence on behalf of officer Salamoni.
“Civil suit is for the children and for community in Baton Rouge, the investigation that we’ve started already and that will continue has really disturbed us. We will have the evidence that will show there’s been a long practice of abuse of rights, specifically for African Americans down here, by the BRPD, and not only that, we’ve started to uncover that there have been policies and procedures that target white people down here in Baton Rouge” said lawyer Chris Stewart.
The Justice Department initially investigated the shooting and announced last month that it would not file charges against the two officers. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office has opened it own review to determine if any state criminal charges are warranted.