One officer terminated, one suspended in Alton Sterling shooting

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UPDATE (3/30/18 AT 5:00 PM): The Baton Rouge Police Department has released the decision of the fate of the two officers involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling.

The Department has decided to suspend Howie Lake II for three days without pay.

The Department decided Blaine Salamoni will be terminated from the department effective immediately.

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ORIGINAL STORY (3/30/18):

The two Baton Rouge officers who were involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling shooting will learn Friday if they can return to the police force.

Tuesday, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that the state would not bring charges against officers Blaine Salamoni and Howie Lake II. Both officers have been on paid leave since the July 2016 shooting.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said his department would review the officers’ actions against department policy and make a decision on disciplinary action Friday. Paul is expected to make that statement at 4 p.m. Friday.

“Our examination will determine if any policies or procedures were violated by our officers during the incident,” Paul said.

After Tuesday’s announcement, the officers still face a legal battle to keep their jobs. Attorneys for Salamoni and Lake have vowed to appeal any discipline the officers may receive, including termination.

Community activists have called for Salamoni and Lake to be fired as a compromise to the lack of criminal charges.

The shooting death of Alton Sterling sparked nationwide protests, including several clashes between protestors and law enforcement in Baton Rouge.

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