Lawyers for mother of Alton Sterling’s son promise to ‘not stop’ until they get to truth of how it happened _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Protestors block traffic on Winbourne Avenue in front of the Living Faith Christian Center as a prayer vigil in honor of Alton Sterling happens inside, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La.

The newly hired attorneys for the mother of Alton Sterling’s son stood just feet away from where a police officer killed the boy’s father two days earlier, and pledged to not stop until they uncover the full truth of what happened.

“I can pretty much guarantee we’ll get justice in this case,” Atlanta-based attorney L. Chris Stewart told a crowd of reporters, standing under a blazing noon sun.

Stewart was joined by Orangeburg, South Carolina-based attorney Justin Bamberg and Baton Rouge attorney Dale Glover. They’ve been retained by Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of Alton Sterling’s 15-year-old son, Cameron Sterling. Neither the mother nor the child were at the news conference.

The killing of Sterling by Baton Rouge police officer Blane Salamoni early Tuesday, stoked by the release of two graphic videos taken by witnesses, has sparked worldwide outrage and directed attention at Baton Rouge and the practices of its Police Department.

Stewart and Bamberg are no strangers to this arena. They represented the family of Walter Scott, the South Carolina man who was shot and killed by North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, a shooting that also was captured on a cellphone video. Slager was charged with murder, and the family reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the city of North Charleston.

 

 

 

Muflahi was standing behind Stewart, next to his own attorney, Joel Porter.

Porter said he is not coordinating his defense of Muflahi with the attorneys for the Sterling family but said they are after the same thing.

“We just want the truth to come out, whatever the truth is,” Porter said.

Stewart said that all the citizens of Baton Rouge have to let officers know they will not tolerate this kind of behavior anymore or it won’t ever end: “Make sure the officers are held accountable. Demand it from the Police Department, demand it from the mayor, demand it from the chief. Don’t let this death just come to nothing,” he said.