Blane Salamoni, Howie Lake, Baton Rouge Police Officers, Named in Alton Sterling Shooting

Blane Salamoni, Howie Lake, Baton Rouge Police Officers, Named in Alton Sterling Shooting
Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, officials announced on Wednesday the names of the officers involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling. Two officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, have been placed on administrative leave since tackling the 37-year-old black man to the ground outside of a food mart and shooting him. 

A wave of protestors flooded the city streets on Tuesday as a video showing Sterling's encounter with authorities moments before his death went viral online. In the video, the father of five calls for help as officers shout, "He's got a gun! Gun!" and, "You fucking move, I swear to God."

(Editor's note: The following video contains graphic images of the encounter between Sterling and police. View with discretion.) 

Congressman Cedric Richmond, who covers the second district in Louisiana, has already called on the Department of Justice to perform a transparent investigation into the police department's handling of the situation. Sterling is the 114th black man killed by police in the United States in 2016.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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