The family of Alton Sterling has spoken out against the horrific shooting in Dallas, Texas that left 5 police officers dead. The heartfelt statement comes just days after Alton was shot dead by two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of Alton Sterling‘s 15-year-old son, has released a statement on behalf of the family that condemns the sniper shooting that targeted police officers in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, July 7. In the statement, Quinyetta also sends her condolences to the families of the police officers who were shot, but also maintains that officers who “violate” the public’s trust should be held “accountable.”
“We wholeheartedly reject the reprehensible acts of violence that were perpetrated against members of the Dallas Police Department,” said Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of Alton Sterling’s eldest child, via a statement released by her lawyers to Atlanta’s WSB-TV. “Our hearts break for the families of the officers who were lost as they protected protesters and residents alike during a rally.”
Quinyetta’s statement speaks volumes, as Alton’s death was caused by the two unidentified police officers who tackled him to the ground and shot him to death. The brutal murder was caught on camera by not one, but two eyewitnesses, causing an uproar that led to the protest in Dallas where multiple officers and at least two civilians were shot. As of the morning of July 8, five police officers had died from their gunshot wounds.
The statement continues, “Regardless of how angry or upset people may be, resorting to this kind of sickening violence should never happen and simply cannot be tolerated. Members of law enforcement have a very difficult job and the vast majority conduct themselves honorably as they protect and serve our communities.”
However, Quinyette made a point to remind the public that officers who cross the line should still be prosecuted by the law for their actions. “We maintain that officers who violate the public trust and their training should be held accountable through our country’s justice system. Responding to violence with violence is not the answer.”
Our thoughts remain with the families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and all of the victims of the Dallas shooting.