Judge Orders Psych Eval for Officer who killed Alton Sterling

A Louisiana judge has ordered the city of Baton Rouge to release the psychological evaluation that was used in the hiring of officer Blane Salamoni, who shot and killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling in front of a convenience store in 2016.

The order comes days after Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul apologized on behalf of the department for hiring Salamoni, admitting that the officer had a history of bad behavior prior to the shooting.

Sterling’s killing left many outraged and sparked national protests. Surveillance video from that night showed Sterling packing up the DVDs he was selling when one officer, Howie Lake II, confronted him. Officer Salamoni arrived to assist Lake, and seconds later, shot Sterling in the chest.

The officers were responding to a 911 call of a man with a gun at the store. 

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Cop’s attempt to sue Black Lives Matter fails

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a Louisiana police officer charging that the Black Lives Matter movement was responsible for violence that happened at a protest in Baton Rouge in July 2016. According to Salon, Judge Brian A. Jackson ruled that social movements cannot be sued and that activist DeRay Mckesson could not be held liable for the actions of others. The police officer who filed the lawsuit remains anonymous. The lawsuit also took issue with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. “For reasons that should be obvious, a hashtag – which is an expression that categorizes or classifies a person’s thought – is not a “juridical person” and therefore lacks the capacity to be sued,” Judge Jackson wrote. “Plaintiff’s attempt to bring suit against a social movement and a hashtag evinces either a gross lack of understanding of the concept of capacity or bad faith.”