BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on fatal Louisiana police shooting (all times local):
The mother of one of Alton Sterling’s children has denounced the killings of five police officers in Dallas during a protest over police shootings, including the one that killed Sterling in Baton Rouge on Tuesday.
A statement issued Friday by Quinyetta McMillon’s attorneys says “responding to violence with violence is not the answer.”
‘We wholeheartedly reject the reprehensible acts of violence that were perpetrated against members of the Dallas Police Department,” the statement says. “Our hearts break for the families of the officers who were lost as they protected protesters and residents alike during a rally.”
McMillon and her 15-year-old son, Cameron Sterling, appeared at a rally outside Baton Rouge’s City Hall after 37-year-old Alton Sterling was fatally shot during a struggle with two police officers outside a convenience store. Sterling was black; both officers are white.
Demonstrators on Thursday night blocked the intersection in front of the Triple S Food Mart, where the shooting took place, asking drivers to honk their horns. Candle-lit balloons were released into the hot night air nearby in honor of Sterling and protesters waved signs and chanted slogans.
At a vigil earlier, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards thanked the people of Baton Rouge for their peaceful demonstrations and promised to focus on improving law enforcement.
Sterling, who was black, was shot and killed Tuesday by two white Baton Rouge police officers. The video-recorded killing sparked anger and protests among the black community. night, protesters trying to make sense of recent events gathered at the store where a black man was shot to death by police, emotions stoked by another fatal shooting in Minnesota.