The Latest: Lawyer: Officer happy he can resign, not fired
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on news conference over a former Louisiana police officer who shot and killed a black man (all times local):
A lawyer for a former Louisiana police officer who shot and killed a black man says they’re happy with a settlement that withdraws his termination and allows him to resign instead.
John McClindon represents Blane Salamoni, a former Baton Rouge police officer who shot Alton Sterling during a 2016 altercation that led to widespread protests.
Police chief Murphy Paul fired Salamoni last year. Salamoni appealed, and Murphy’s office said Thursday that they’d agreed to a settlement with Salamoni allowing him to resign instead. The chief lambasted Salamoni’s performance as a police officer and apologized to Sterling’s family and the city.
McClindon says his client would have easily won reinstatement in an upcoming hearing but that he and Salamoni questioned what that would have achieved. With this settlement, McClindon says his client can resign and become an officer elsewhere if he wants.
The Baton Rouge police chief is apologizing to the city and to the family of a black man shot and killed by a former police officer in 2016.
Murphy Paul said at a Thursday news conference that Officer Blane Salamoni should have never been hired.
Salamoni shot Alton Sterling six times after he and a second white officer wrestled the 37-year-old man to the ground.
The death set off days of protests in Baton Rouge by people complaining about police treatment of black residents.
The officers were not prosecuted, but Salamoni was fired in March 2018.
He appealed and, under a settlement announced Thursday, will be allowed to voluntarily resign retroactive to March 2018 instead of being fired.
Police lawyer Lee Hamilton listed numerous problems discovered about Salamoni during the investigation.