The mother of Alton Sterling who died after being shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana released a statement in light of the horrific murder of five police officers in Dallas at a rally protesting police brutality.Her words are just the sort of thing we need to hear right now, particularly for those deeply affected by Sterling’s death.
TheBlaze reports, A statement issued 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 son, Cameron Sterling, 15, appeared at a rally outside Baton Rouge’s City Hall after Sterling, 37, was fatally shot Tuesday during a struggle with two police officers outside a convenience store. Sterling was black; both officers are white.
On Thursday, protesters gathered for a third night at the store where Sterling was shot to death as they tried to make sense of recent events, including a fatal shooting in Minnesota.McMillon’s response is seasoned with much grace, compassion, and understanding, which is precisely what we need more of right now during tumultuous times when emotions are high.
Judgment in the shooting death of Sterling and others that have happened recently should be reserved until all of the facts are released. We must avoid jumping to conclusions that could end up making the situation even worse than it already is.
It’s also critical to ensure we don’t lose our compassion in times like this, remembering that even if the action taken by police was justified, it was still someone’s father, brother, son, uncle, or friend that had their life ended. Tragedy affects more than those directly involved.Let’s hope McMillon’s sentiments resonate and spread around the country in this great hour of need.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]