$4.5 Million settlement in police killing of Alton Sterling, lawyers say

Alton Sterling
Alton Sterling

source: New York Times
published: 13 June 2021

The family of Alton Sterling, a Black man who was shot and killed by a white police officer outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, La., has reached a $4.5 million settlement with the city, nearly five years after his death, the family’s lawyers said.

The settlement, which came after the family had filed a lawsuit against Baton Rouge and others, “will allow the city to heal and provide a pathway for Mr. Sterling’s children to be provided for financially,” the lawyers said in a statement.

The announcement came after a state district court judge in East Baton Rouge Parish approved the settlement and closed the case in mid-May, The Advocate reported.

City officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

Mr. Sterling, 37, a father of five, was fatally shot on July 5, 2016, after two Baton Rouge police officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, responded to a report that a Black man who was selling CDs outside a convenience store had brandished a gun and threatened someone.

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