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Hearing set for officer appealing firing in fatal OIS of Alton Sterling

Blane Salamoni was fired less than a week after Louisiana's attorney general ruled out state criminal charges in Alton Sterling's July 2016 shooting death


Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. — A civil service board has scheduled a November hearing for a former police officer appealing his firing nearly two years after he shot and killed a man during a videotaped struggle outside a Baton Rouge convenience store.

The Advocate reports the board set Blane Salamoni's hearing date during a meeting Thursday.

In this still image taken from security camera video provided Friday, March 30, 2018, by the Baton Rouge Police Department, officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II confront Alton Sterling during a struggle outside the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge, La., in July 2016. (Courtesy of Baton Rouge Police Department via AP)
In this still image taken from security camera video provided Friday, March 30, 2018, by the Baton Rouge Police Department, officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II confront Alton Sterling during a struggle outside the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge, La., in July 2016. (Courtesy of Baton Rouge Police Department via AP)

Police Chief Murphy Paul fired Salamoni in March, less than a week after Louisiana's attorney general ruled out state criminal charges in Alton Sterling's July 2016 shooting death.

Salamoni shot Sterling six times after he and a second officer, Howie Lake II, wrestled the 37-year-old man to the ground. Lake shocked Sterling twice with a stun gun but didn't fire his firearm that night.

Lake appealed his three-day suspension and has a separate hearing scheduled for October.

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