The mother of the oldest child of Alton Sterling, the black man fatally shot by Baton Rouge police, on Wednesday expressed sorrow at his death and demanded “adequate punishment” for the officers who killed him.
Quinyetta McMillon appeared at a news conference with Cameron Sterling, their 15-year-old son. She said Cameron, who wept uncontrollably at her side, was the oldest of Sterling’s children.
“As a mother, I am forced to raise a son who is going to remember what happened to his father. That I can’t take away from him,” McMillion said. “He is at an age of understanding. I hurt for him and his loss as a parent. One of the greatest fears is to see your child hurt and know there’s nothing you can do. ”
Police say two officers responded to an anonymous caller who said a man selling CDs outside the store threatened him with a gun. After police arrived, a struggle ensued and Sterling, 37, was fatally shot in the chest and back. The officers, who have not been identified, were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
McMillon said that Sterling, who had a criminal record, should not be judged on his past. She said community members who protested the shooting will “forever warm my heart.”
“I for one will not rest … until the adequate punishment is served to all parties involved,” she said.