Alton Sterling's Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Louisiana Cops

Alton Sterling's Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Louisiana Cops

Alton Sterling's Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Louisiana Cops

Alton Sterling's children are expected to file a lawsuit this morning against several parties involved in the Baton Rouge man's death almost one year ago.

Attorneys for Alton Sterling's five children plan to file a lawsuit today against several parties in his death, according to a spokesman.

The wrongful death lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and said Sterling's shooting happened because of poor police training and inadequate procedures. In addition to the city and police department, the lawsuit specifically names officer Blane Salamoni, who killed Sterling last July; his colleague Howie Lake and their chief Carl Dabadie Jr.as defendants. "We have talked to officers who have said something is wrong and it must stop", the Sterlings' attorney, L. Chris Stewart, told the AP.

"Civil suit is for the children and for community in Baton Rouge, the investigation that we've started already and that will continue has really disturbed us".

They say they have spoken to current and past Baton Rouge Police Officers who will testify to issues regarding policy and procedure within the department.

Before Sterling died, police had received two calls about him.

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The family of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed past year by a St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer, reached a $3 million settlement with the city days after the officer in that case was acquitted of second-degree manslaughter. In their visit, the officers responded to both calls. It was also during this time that the officers noticed a gun in Sterling's pocket, which was later determined to be a loaded.38 revolver.

It also asserts that the shooting of Sterling in the back was "unnecessary" and "excessive" and is an act of gross negligence on behalf of officer Salamoni.

As Sterling resisted - and fearing he was reaching for the gun - Salamoni fired three rounds, striking Sterling in the chest.

Store owner Abdul Muflahi told HuffPost past year that he witnessed the shooting and did not see Sterling with a gun, but did see officers remove one from Sterling's pocket.

Altogether, the physical struggle lasted less than 30 seconds.

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