BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - *Note: The incident in question occurs around the 1:48 mark.
The former Baton Rouge police officer who lost his job after he shot and killed Alton Sterling on duty nearly two years ago is back in the news.
The Baton Rouge Police Department announced Monday that the investigation into four separate incidents involving Officer Blane Salamoni has concluded, resulting in him being charged with simple battery.
These four investigations were independent of the Sterling investigation.
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BRPD officials say during the Sterling investigation, they were made aware of other body cam footage not related to the Sterling case. Descriptions of the videos are below:
- June 2, 2016: Officer Salamoni was dispatched to a disturbance at a residence in the 1400 block of N 42nd Street. The complainant wanted his female friend removed from the residence. Officer Salamoni used profanity and demonstrated unprofessional behavior during the incident.
- June 3, 2016: Officer Salamoni was dispatched to Alamo Plaza Motel at 4243 Florida Boulevard, regarding a male or female being held against their will. Officer Salamoni and the other officers made contact with a b/m subject standing inside a motel room. As soon as Officer Salamoni saw the subject, he used profanity and grabbed the subject around his neck and pressed his head against the wall. Officer Salamoni used profanity and demonstrated unprofessional behavior during the incident.
- June 4, 2016: Officer Salamoni was dispatched to Ragusa’s Meat Market at 4895 Gus Young Avenue, relative to persons hanging out in the parking lot. Upon Officer Salamoni’s arrival, he immediately exited his police cruiser and used profanity while speaking with the suspects.
- June 10, 2016: Officer Salamoni and other officers responded to a domestic incident. During the incident, Officer Salamoni and two other officers were involved in a foot pursuit and arrest of Mr. Brooks. Officer Salamoni and one of the other officers were able to apprehend Mr. Brooks after he was tased. After a brief struggle Officer Salamoni was able to handcuff Mr. Brooks after verbally advising him to “Lay on your f**king stomach now; give me your f**king hands.” “Move your f**king hand again and see what happens." The body worn camera shows that after Mr. Brooks was handcuffed behind his back and compliant, Officer Salamoni stated, “I am not talking to you shut up,” then Officer Salamoni slapped Mr. Brooks in the head while he was laying on the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back. Officer Salamoni and another Officer then escorted Mr. Brooks to a police unit. According to the report submitted by Officer Salamoni, he turned off his body worn camera to speak with another officer about the incident. According to Officer Salamoni, he was summoned by the other officer when the officer discovered Mr. Brooks reaching for a gun in Mr. Brooks rear pants pocket. While Mr. Brooks was handcuffed behind his back, Salamoni’s report states that he forcefully pulled Mr. Brooks to the ground and delivered multiple straight closed fist punches to Mr. Brooks head until the other two officers were able to remove the weapon from his rear pocket. According to Salamoni’s report, neither of the other officers struck Mr. Brooks while he was handcuffed behind his back. Officer Salamoni’s report states that he turned his body camera back on after it was safe to do so. When Officer Salamoni turned his body camera back on, he was heard telling one of the other Officer’s “I should chew your f**king a** out for that s**t!” “Do not ever let that f**king s**t happen again do you understand me?” While on the scene conducting the investigation, a family member of Brooks reportedly started yelling at the officers. Officer Salamoni, ran towards that family member and stated, “Come here b***h.” “Come here mother f**ker get on the ground.” Get on the f**king ground.” The family member was subsequently arrested and charged with resisting an officer and interference with a law enforcement investigation.
Salamoni's attorney says the former cop received a summons Friday for a charge of simple battery for allegedly slapping a suspect, even though the alleged victim did not want to pursue charges.
Salamoni was not charged in connection with the death of Alton Sterling and is appealing his firing from BRPD.