Police chief says decision to remove Blake Salamoni over 2016 shooting is ‘based on the facts of the case’ not emotions or politics

The police officer who shot and killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge in 2016 has been fired, the the city police chief Murphy Paul announced late Friday.

Paul said that officer, Blake Salamoni, who shot Sterling six times after a brief confrontation outside a convenience store, diverged from department policy procedure and refused to answer any questions from investigators about the incident.

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