The son of the African-American man fatally shot by a Baton Rouge police officer last week praised his father as a “good man” Wednesday and asked that those protesting his death do so in a non-violent way. Cameron Sterling, 15, said his family tragedy should serve to unify people of all races across the nation.
“You can protest, but I want everyone to protest the right way,” Cameron said in a brief press conference. “Protest with peace, not guns, not drugs, not alcohol, not violence.”
Cameron’s father, Alton Sterling, was selling CDs outside a convenience store July 5 when officers responded to a caller who said a man threatened him with a gun. Police tackled Sterling, then shot him multiple times. Multiple bystanders recorded the shooting on cellphones.
Police said Sterling was shot after reaching for a gun in his pocket.