Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome has said that the city will launch its own investigation into the shooting, as well. "It was based on the facts of the case", Paul said. Officers were responding to a call of a man drawing his gun.
Sterling was killed on July 5, 2016, at a Triple S Food Mart convenience store in Baton Rouge, LA.
The deadly encounter was sparked by a homeless man who called 911 to say that Sterling had flashed a weapon at him outside the store.
In the footage, the officers are seen approaching Sterling and ordering him to put his hands on the hood of a auto.
In July 2016, Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II approached Sterling in the parking lot of the Triple S Food Mart and ordered him to put his hands on the hood of a nearby auto. Sterling, still alive and with a visible wound to his chest, moves his left arm toward his head and face.
Lake helped wrestle Sterling to the ground but did not fire his weapon. He was shot several times, at close range, within 90 seconds of the confrontation with police, and died.
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According to sources familiar with the case, Salamoni pointed his gun at Sterling's head and told him he would "blow his f**king head off" if he did not put his hands on a nearby vehicle.
For almost two years, Sterling's family and many other Baton Rouge residents have called on authorities to release all of the video footage of the shooting. McLindon claimed he really did not assume Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul provided his customer a reasonable hearing throughout a closed-door conference Thursday evening.
"Officer Blane Salamoni has been terminated from the Baton Rouge Police Department as of today", Paul said.
At this point, the footage is a blur but viewers can hear six gunshots after one of the officers yelled that Sterling has a gun.
"My decision was not based on politics", said Paul, who was appointed to his position in January.
Lake answered "all of the questions that were presented during the hearing", but Salamoni was advised by his attorney not to answer any questions. "On the advice of his attorney, Officer [Blane] Salamoni chose not to answer any of our questions".
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The release of the footage and the disciplinary actions against both officers come nearly two years after Sterling, a father of five, was killed outside of the store.
When the officers get up, Sterling is seen on the ground outside the convenience store, covered with blood.
Counselors say, the video not only showed Salamoni escalate the situation, it also offered insight into Sterling's personality. Salamoni tackles Sterling and the video gets blurry.
After Sterling is apparently dead, Salamoni can be heard panting, and his hands are seen holding his handgun. Authorities said the officers found a loaded revolver in Sterling's pocket.
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Earlier in March, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry refused to bring charges against the two officers saying that there was no evidence to hold them criminally responsible for the 2016 incident. "Unreasonable fear within an officer is risky", Chief Paul said. But he said Sterling "became very violent and began pulling away from the officers", adding he "was elbowing and swinging".
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"Policing isn't easy", Paul said.