Some family members of Alton Sterling, the man shot by a Baton Rouge police officer at a convenience store early Tuesday morning, spoke through tears at an 8 a.m. news conference Wednesday in front of City Hall.
“I will not allow him to be swept in the dirt,” said Quinyetta McMillon, the 31-year-old mother of one of Sterling’s children, Cameron Sterling, 15.
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One to 200 people showed up to listen to what the NAACP, state representatives, including, C. Denise Marcelle, and Edmond Jordan, who is the Sterling family attorney, and Pastor Johnny Young, of Heavenly Hope Ministries in Baker, had to say about the shooting.
Many of the leaders said they were outraged that it’s been more than 24 hours since the shooting and Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. has not spoken about it and has not released the names of the two officers involved.
Marcelle said she was not calling for the resignation of the chief or the mayor.
“Just be open and honest with the people,” Marcelle said, adding that chief should have already released information on Sterling’s death.
“When you don’t do that, people have a sense that you’re hiding something,” she said.