Chief Dabadie refuses to fire Officer in Alton Sterling Case


Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie refuses to fire the officer who killed Alton Sterling at the request of the Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.  The police chief wrote that any action would be improper and premature until the criminal investigation is complete.

Broome sent Dabadie a letter on May 25 asking him to fire Salamoni, who the mayor-president said violated established police policy, as the U.S. Department of Justice officials said in a closed-door meeting that, “Salamoni held a gun to Sterling’s head while using expletives and threatening to kill him.”

The Justice Department officials announced that they would not pursue civil rights charges against either officer.  Attorney General of Louisiana Jeff Landry’s office is investigating whether Salamoni and Lake violated state law.

Chief Dabadie has noted that any violation of law by an officer could be a violation of BRPD policy, and that pre-disciplinary hearings are not held until officers are arrested, indicted or cleared in criminal investigations, he wrote.

“I feel that waiting for all of the evidence, in this case, to be gathered is the most prudent course of action I can take at this time,” Dabadie wrote. “I urge you to reconsider your position and let the criminal process conclude.”


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