Autopsy of Alton Sterling sealed from public by court order
BATON ROUGE – A court order has been issued by a federal judge to keep the autopsy results of Alton Sterling sealed from the public.
An additional court order was issued to seal the initial order to seal the autopsy, according to East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark.
"Our office has been issued a Federal Court Order out of the Middle District of Louisiana prohibiting the release of this report. We have been issued a second Federal Court Order prohibiting the release of the first court order as well," Clark said in a statement.
Last month the Clark reported that Sterling died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back after he was shot by two BRPD officers in front of the Triple S convenience store in North Baton Rouge on July 5.
BRPD officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, the officers involved in the shooting, were placed on administrative leave and the shooting currently remains under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Video shot by the convenience store owner, Abdullah Muhlafi, shows Salamoni and Lake wrestle Sterling to the ground and use a Tazer on him. Seconds later one of the officers shoots Sterling while he was on the ground and removed what appears to be a gun from Sterling's pocket.
The two officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting however they fell off during the struggle with Sterling, according to officials.
Sterling sold CD's and DVD's in front of the store for years, according to Muflahi. The shooting of Sterling has caused national outcry and sparked protests throughout the city last month.
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