Alton Sterling’s Son Speaks Out
The son of Alton Sterling makes a call for peace and unity throughout the country. Today, for the first time since the police-involved shooting death, Sterling’s son made a public statement.
News 25’s Kendra Turley was in Baton Rouge and has the story.
High tension and a low level of trust between parts of the Baton Rouge community and law enforcement after a recent police-involved shooting took the life of 37-year-old Alton Sterling.
His son, Cameron Sterling, stepped forward publicly for the first time since the incident to make a call for peace and unity. “There should be no more arguments, disagreements, violence, crimes. Everyone should come together as one united family.”
He thanked the Baton Rouge community and people all over the nation for the large amount of love and support displayed through memorials, prayer vigils and protests.
As the Sterling family continues to mourn and heal, Cameron encouraged people to protest peacefully. “Not guns. Not drugs. Not alcohol. Not violence. Everyone needs to protest in the right way.”
Family and friends will say their final goodbyes to Alton Sterling Friday morning. While his body will soon be laid to rest, the family plans to continue their fight for justice. Sterling family Attorney L. Chris Stewart said, “What happened on the night of Alton Sterling’s death was not proper procedure and that’s all we’re saying. We’re not saying they were trying to look for someone to kill. I’m saying they didn’t follow proper procedure and that they took it out of hand.”
Cameron described the bond between him and his father and said if he could speak to him now, he would tell him just how much he loves and misses him. “My father was a good man. He will always be a good man.”
The ACLU announced today it will take action and sue the Baton Rouge Police Department for their treatment towards Black Lives Matter protesters.