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5 years after cops killed Alton Sterling on video, taxpayers pay $4.5 million.

Alton Sterling's family has reached a $4.5 million settlement with the city of Baton Rouge and dismissed its lawsuit against the city and others. The attorney for Sterling's estate says the settlement will allow the city to heal and provide a pathway for his children. "We are grateful for the significant policy changes that have been and will be implemented by the city," attorneys say. Alton Sterling was not being combative when he was shot by a police officer, his lawyer says. "The person who was out of control was Blane Salamoni," a lawyer for Sterling's family says. Salamoni created a situation in fear and hostility and violence were used instead of de-escalation, the lawyer adds. Police chief "Our officers are held to a higher standard. Unreasonable fear in an officer is dangerous"

Police want to put a child in a cage after a lawyer posted video of cops strip searching him in public.

University of Virginia law professor and defense attorney Thomas Frampton was retained by the family of Clarence Green after police violated Green's civil rights and the rights of his 16-year-old brother during a traffic stop. After Frampton released body camera footage of the unlawful traffic stop and subsequent warrantless search of the Green family home, Baton Rouge police now want to arrest him. The request cites a Louisiana state law that prohibits disseminating "records and reports" relevant to juvenile court proceedings. The decision to go after Frampton could be seen as retaliation for speaking out against their constitutional rights being violated, but it is also seen as a First Amendment issue as well. Frampton won the civil suit against the Baton Rouge PD, which was settled out of court for $35,000, but he is now in the county's crosshairs. The district attorney's office wants to prosecute Frampton for doing so and put him behind bars for up to six mont