*Earlier today (07-13-16), Cameron Sterling, the 15-year-old son of Alton Sterling, who was killed by Baton Rouge police, spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday. He called his father a good man and urged protesters to not resort to violence.
As we reported, Alton Sterling, 37, was shot to death July 5 as two white officers pinned him to the pavement outside a convenience store. The killing was captured on mobile phone video and went viral.
“I feel that people in general, no matter what their race is, should come together as one united family,” Cameron Sterling told reporters outside the store where his father died. The teen remained composed as he spoke, a contrast from a week ago when he broke down in sobs and had to be led away as his mother talked in front of television cameras about his father’s death.
Cameron Sterling’s comments came a day after the arrests of three people who are accused of stealing at least eight handguns from a pawn shop in what authorities said was a credible threat to harm police officers in the Baton Rouge area. The arrests come amid heightened tensions in the city following Sterling’s death, the deadly police shooting in Minnesota and the killings of five police officers in Dallas last week.
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As he is preparing for his father’s funeral on Friday, the 15-Year-old spoke with CBS News about the protests that are happening across the country and the police ambush in Dallas, which was motivated in part by his father’s fatal shooting.
“The individuals involved in his murder took away a man with children,” McMillon said, as Cameron wept uncontrollably into a family member’s arms.
“I want my daddy back,” he could be heard saying as his mother demanded justice for his father.
“I really want everyone to know, everyone nationwide, everyone in this world, to know that Alton Sterling was a good man,” Cameron told CBS News correspondent David Begnaud. “No matter what anyone else has to say about him, truly in my heart, I know he was a good dad.”
“I’ll never forget that image of you wailing on the side of your mom,” Begnaud said.
“When I put my arm around her, it’s like somebody else’s hand touched me, like I had another hand laying on top of my hand. And when I looked over, was nobody else touching me. Nobody else was touching me. And it was like at that moment I knew: my daddy here — he right on the side of her,” Cameron said. “We’re standing here as a family together once again. That’s when I just started crying… I knew I can’t physically have him back, so I knew I had to cry, just to be like, ‘I want my daddy back.'”
“If you had an opportunity to say one thing to your dad… what would it be?” Begnaud asked.
“I love you… so dearly,” Cameron said.