The teen son of Alton Sterling ― a black man fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana ― said his father was a “good man” and called on peaceful protests throughout the country.
In a press conference on Wednesday, 15-year-old Cameron Sterling made an emotional plea to those protesting his father’s death.
“I want everyone to protest the right way ― protest in peace,” Cameron said. “Not guns, not drugs, not alcohol, not violence.”
At an earlier press conference shortly after his father’s death, Cameron was seen breaking down in tears as his mother, Quinyetta McMillon, called for justice. He is the oldest of Sterling’s five children.
Cameron’s plea comes less than a week after a gunman killed five police officers in Dallas during a protest against police killings. Protests have been tense in Baton Rouge as well, where an officer was seen pointing her gun at a HuffPost reporter and protestors.
“Everyone needs to be on one accord, not a different note,” Cameron said. “Everyone needs to be together, not apart. I truly feel that my father was a good man and he will always be a good man.”