Ex-cop and police commissioner explain why officer who killed Alton Sterling exhibited 'the worst police work I've ever seen'
Former Los Angeles Police Department officer David Klinger, CNN's Jim Sciutto and Former Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey (Photo: Screen capture)

Police body camera video was released showing the violent death of Alton Sterling while a Louisiana police officer shouted obscenities. When CNN impaneled two law enforcement experts to discuss the video, both agreed the officer had no business being on the force.


Former Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey told CNN's Jim Sciutto that the swearing and threats to shoot Sterling in the head were not indicative of proper behavior in any police department.

Former Los Angeles Police Department officer David Klinger was less diplomatic.

"That's some of the worst police work I've ever seen in my life," he said. "Those two officers, particularly the shooter, should be embarrassed as should anybody with any sort of law enforcement background who knows anything about how to deal with people."

He noted Ramsey is correct about the language and threats, however, it was obvious he was overly emotional at a time that officers are trained to be calm and rational.

In a previous segment, CNN's Nick Valencia explained that he spoke with the attorney for fired officer Blane Salamoni. The counselor revealed that his client was very emotional when he heard the police chief's decision to terminate his employment.

Klinger noted that it seems, perhaps, this officer is generally overly emotional.

"And if you listen carefully to what the shooter says, he tells Mr. Sterling that first I'm going to shoot you in the blankety-blank and all these awful words 'if you move.' Then he tells him, 'Put your hands on the car.' Then he tells him again, 'I'm going to shoot you if you move.' What sense does this make?"

He went on to call Salamoni "a completely out of control police officer who's making no sense, and he spun out of control."

Ramsey walked through the things that the district and state's attorney will look at to determine illegality, but that this is far from the kind of training and procedures that prepares officers to join the force.

"He should have been fired, quite frankly, in my opinion," he continued. "But one of the things that's problematic in policing: there is no centralized database where you can enter that kind of information into so that he could never hold another law enforcement job anywhere in the United States. So, he could be fired from here, but theoretically he could go somewhere else and get hired. That's a scary thought."

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