Metro council fails to pass $5M judgment for Sterling family civil suit
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council voted Wednesday, Sept. 9 on a $5 million judgment for the family of Alton Sterling in a wrongful death civil suit.
With 6 votes for and 5 against, the vote failed because it did not get the required seven votes.
The lawsuit, filed back in 2017 by Sterling’s family, alleges the man’s killing in 2016 exemplifies the longstanding racial issues and excessive force problems within the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Both the parish attorney’s counsel and lawyers representing Sterling’s family met with a mediator back on Oct. 3, 2019. That mediator gave his thoughts on what the case was worth and that’s when the $5 million figure was determined.
Sterling was shot and killed by BRPD Officer Blane Salamoni on July 5, 2016.
“I think that we’ve done our due diligence as a metro council to resolve this matter, and I think unfortunately, there’s going to be a high bill to pay at the end,” said Councilwoman Chauna Banks.
Since an agreement was not made to settle, the case is scheduled to go to court in March of 2021.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome released the following statement:
“This matter needs to be resolved so we can heal as a community. It is time to turn the page on this tragic incident in Baton Rouge. I am confident when that happens, our community can fully heal. Until that day, I will continue to work to bring together our parish, our families and our community.”
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