The family of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed past year by a St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer, reached a $3 million settlement with the city days after the officer in that case was acquitted of second-degree manslaughter.
The Baton Rouge Police have not commented on the Sterling family's suit as of Tuesday afternoon.
"There is an environment that is prevalent in the Baton Rouge Police Department that has allowed officers to not de-escalate", Sterling family attorney Mike Adams said Tuesday.
In May, the U.S. Department of Justice declined to file criminal civil rights charges against Salamoni or Lake.
On July 5, 2016, officers Lake and Salamoni responded to a call that an unidentified man was waving a gun and threatening the anonymous 911 caller.
The suit filed Wednesday says Salamoni's aggressive behavior in the incident is evidence of wrongdoing. Sterling at the time was carrying a.38-caliber revolver, with six rounds in it, the Justice Department has said.
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"Pulled out his gun from his holster, pointed his service weapon to Mr".
The officers are white, and Sterling was an African American.
As Sterling resisted - and fearing he was reaching for the gun - Salamoni fired three rounds, striking Sterling in the chest.
The officer should have known that the "continued escalation and provocation would have caused a negative encounter with Mr".
At the time of the shooting, Baton Rouge did not have a written policy on the use of force and de-escalation.
The lawsuit also maintains that the shooting was just one example of the racism present in the Baton Rouge Police Department, citing texts allegedly sent by an officer that used a slur against a protester.
It also claims the city "did not properly examine and scrutinize the backgrounds of Officers Lake and Salamoni".