BATON ROUGE, La. -- A white former Louisiana police officer who fatally shot a black man has once again had a hearing over his firing postponed.
The Advocate reports former Baton Rouge police officer Blane Salamoni's request to delay the hearing was approved Thursday. Instead of setting a date, the civil service board decided to continue discussions next week. The hearing has been rescheduled several times at attorneys' requests.
Salamoni shot Alton Sterling six times during a struggle in 2016. He was fired but has appealed.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council agreed Wednesday to increase public funds to $37,500 to cover Salamoni's legal costs in a lawsuit filed for Sterling's children.
Sterling's children's attorney, Mike Adams, says he hopes lawyers can use the extra time to reach a settlement and avoid a trial.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com