Blane Salamoni: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Blane Salamoni. (Facebook)

The two Baton Rouge police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling will not face federal charges, sources told the Washington Post.

The Justice Department is expected to announce its decision in the next 24 hours, the Post reported on May 2, 2017, nearly a year after the Louisiana shooting.

Office Blane Salomini was the officer who fired the fatal shot, The Advocate reports. Sterling was killed in July 2016 outside a convenience store. The other officer has been named as Officer Howie Lake II.

Sterling was shot and killed about 12:35 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, The Advocate reports. He was selling CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart WAFB-TV reports.

The officers had responded to a disturbance call in which the caller said someone had been threatening him with a gun, police told the news station.

The officers both said they “believe they were completely justified in using deadly force,” East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said at a press conference.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The 48-Second Video Shows the Moments Leading Up to the Shooting

The brief video, which you can watch above, shows the end of the incident. In the video, an officer can be heard yelling “get on the ground,” out of the view of the cell phone camera. As the camera pans up, an officer is seen charging at Alton Sterling, grabbing him and tackling him into the hood of a car and then down to the pavement.

Another officer can then be seen kneeling on Sterling. After a few seconds one of the officers yells, “He’s got a gun!” The officer seen in the video kneeling on Sterling draws his weapon and one of them says, “if you f*cking move, I swear to God!”

Two shots can then be heard and the bystander drops the cell phone. Three more shots are then fired after a brief pause.

The store’s owner, Abdullah Muflahi, told The Advocate that Sterling was armed, but said he was not holding his gun or touching his pockets during the incident, the Advocate reports. The gun was later found in his pocket, Muflahi told the newspaper. Police have not confirmed his version of events.

You can watch video of Muflahi talking about what he saw during the shooting, recorded by a reporter for The Advocate, below:

Muflahi told The Advocate that Sterling began carrying a gun after he was mugged. He said a Taser was used by the officers on Sterling, but it did not bring him to the ground. The sound of the stun gun can be heard at the start of the video.

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Alton Sterling. (Twitter)

Sterling was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a press release.

An autopsy was conducted later Tuesday. He died of multiple gunshot wounds to the back and chest, the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office told WBRZ-TV.

The wounds to the back were entrance wounds, the coroner told Heavy.com.

The investigation into the shooting has been turned over to the FBI, the Baton Rouge Police Department said.

In addition to the witness video, police said they have surveillance video from the convenience store and dash camera video from police vehicles.

The officers were wearing body cameras, but they fell off during the incident, State Representative Denise Marcelle told WAFB-TV. She said Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. told her about the cameras falling off, and said they do not show the shooting as a result.

Sterling’s family has called for all other video showing the shooting to be released, while police have asked any witnesses who recorded video to turn it over to them to aid in the investigation.


2. Salamoni Called Being a Cop a ‘Fun Job,’ Saying He Particularly Likes Chases & Pursuits

Officer Blane Salamoni, a third generation police officer, is a four-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department, authorities said.

Salamoni, 28, works in the uniform patrol division. In an 2013 story in The Advocate about Baton Rouge Police recruiting, Salamoni said being an officer is “a fun job.” He added that he particularly likes the chases and pursuits.

Salamoni said he previously worked in construction before entering the police academy. He graduated at the top of his class in 2011.

His wife, Allison, is a local EMT.

He won a “life saving” award in 2015, according to the department’s Facebook page.

Salamoni graduated from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge in 2006, according to the school’s website. He then graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2010.


3. Salamoni’s Father Is a High-Ranking Member of the Department’s Command Staff & His Mother Is a Retired Captain

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Captain Noel Salamoni, Officer Blane Salamoni’s father. (Baton Rouge Police)

Officer Blane Salamoni’s father is a high-ranking member of the Baton Rouge Police Department’s command staff and was once a finalist for the city’s police chief job.

Captain Noel Salamoni is the commander of the department’s Special Operations Division, according to the city’s website. He has been with the department for more than 34 years, according to his Linkedin profile.

The elder Salamoni was a finalist for the city’s police chief position in 2013, but the current chief, Carl Dabadie Jr., was chosen instead. He is also a past president of the Baton Rouge police union.

Blane Salamoni’s mother, Melissa Salamoni, is a retired Baton Rouge police captain, according to her Linkedin profile.

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Melissa Salamoni. (Baton Rouge Police)

She joined the department in 1984 and was the violent crime and crime scene commander at the time of her retirement in June.


4. His Father-in-Law Attacked Black Protesters, Saying They’re ‘Trying to Make an Agenda’ Out of Police Shootings

Blane and Allison Salamoni.  (Facebook)

Blane and Allison Salamoni. (Facebook)

Salamoni’s father-in-law, James Durdin, lashed out against protesters in an interview with the New York Daily News.

“It burns my you-know-what when it’s – usually the black people – that try to make an agenda out of this,” Durdin told the Daily News. “What I’d like to see is them with no police at all, so they can know what it’s like not to have them… The majority of [cops] would never be abusive. Does anyone give a you-know-what about that? We’ll have social chaos [without cops].”

Durdin said Salamoni is well-trained and followed his training.

He said it is “a dirty shame that things like this end up in the news, ‘cause there’s something going around the country and it’s anti-police.”


5. The Other Officer, Lake, Was Put on Leave After He Shot a Suspect in 2014

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Officer Howie Lake II. (Facebook)

Officer Howie Lake II is three-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Lake, 28, was put on administrative leave in 2014 after he was one of six officers who shot a 28-year-old man, Kevin Knight, WAFB-TV reported at the time. Knight survived the shooting.

According to police, the officers shot Knight after he fired at them.

Like Salamoni, Lake won a “life saving” award in 2015, according to the department’s Facebook page.

Lake attended Parkview Baptist High School in Baton Rouge, graduating in 2006. He then played college football, as an offensive lineman, at Louisiana College.


38 Comments

38 Comments

appleforaface

This is a very sad event. But, white cops harassing a black guy, you drop to the ground and clasp your hands behind your head. Is this fair? No. But at least you have a much better chance of seeing tomorrow’s sunrise.

Black KKK

what a suprise!!!!! not!!!! these filthy pig skin dog smelling crackers are affront to the most high they need to be enslave!!!!!!!

Solomon

It’s obvious that Black KKK is really a White person trying to insight further ignorance and make it appear that it’s a Black person doing it. No Black person in their right mind would use “KKK” in their name. Ridiculous.

Johnny

Too bad we can’t bring back slavery and put you negroes back into the filth that you look like.

Love

Out of respect for Alton Sterling, I will not respond to hateful comments with more hate. Life is precious and it needs to be treated as such… My heart breaks for Alton’s family. This is a serious issue, and we need to come together in order to find a solution, without demonizing entire groups of people. Instead, we must carefully reflect upon the fact that black lives seem to be taken too quickly by police officers across this country. Rather than making derogatory comments, we need to ask ourselves the tough questions: Why is this happening? How can we prevent these senseless acts from occurring in the future? How can we train police officers differently? Everyone needs to take part in that conversation – respectfully and thoughtfully.

Anonymous

Comply, specially when you are carrying a gun. Respect authority by listening to the lessons taught by your father. Don’t commit crimes by carrying an illegal weapon and selling illegal CDs. How about that for a start.

Dragon

@ Johnny, we were enslaved in this lifetime while you and your people will get it in the next one…burn in hell!

Anonymous

I will pray for you and I can’t wait until Jesus returns so there will be no more sin in the world and everyone will live in peace and harmony with the Lord.

Anonymous

The above comment is for Johnny. I will pray for you…

T

my feelings exactly! come Lord Jesus; unfortunately from now on it’s only going to get worse until the jews & the NWO’S evil plans to rule the world & their coming Beast system, anti-christ & false prophet rules from Jerusalem, after that will true justice then come, when the longsuffering but wrathful Righteous ONE will come down and with HIS WORDS destroy the “NWO” and set up his Kingdom of justice, peace & Joy and will rule with a rod of iron; where there will no longer be a threat from pyschopathic murderous dogs.with badges or otherwise

Anonymous

Hey Johnny, I hope Leroy takes his 12 foot black dick and sticks it down your throat until you choke to death and die. I’ll be watching with much laughter.

Anonymous

Leroy, don’t waste your time with him – over here!!!! Yoo-hoo!

Anonymous

Right. You can’t put blacks back in slavery, so you have to live with us. HAHA!

Matthew

Want you try to achieve that (Johnny boy)and let’s see how that work out for you.

Anonymous

You are an ignorant racist! But I can guarantee that you are not bad enough to put any black person b ack in slavery, you idiotic cracker!!

Anonymous

Why is that you really don’t want to do that them you will see how your ancestors love our black pussy don’t forget about that so don’t ask for something that you don’t want to see that’s how all the biracial became in the world learn to watch slavery movies and you will see ha ha ijs.

Phyre Medic

Black KKK ; Really? All you can muster up in your repertoire of vernacular is hate and racism. You are just as much a part of the problem you racist! And for the record, I don’t doubt for a moment that the account you are using is a shill, you’re still a racist; matters not the color of your skin.

Black KKK

so should i be calm right now after this outrage what about trayvon should i be calm im so sick of us being treated like slaves all the time racism is still alive in this day and age makes me sick!!!!!

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