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Alton Sterling’s Teen Son Breaks Silence — and He Has a Message for Protesters


"What I want, what I ask if you truly love my father ..."

Cameron Sterling is only 15 years old, and already he has lost his father.

Alton Sterling, 37, died after he was shot by Baton Rouge police during an altercation last week. The incident, captured on video, sparked nationwide protests and was part of the motivation behind the deadly ambush of Dallas police officers Thursday.

But while Cameron Sterling prepares to lay his father to rest, he has a message for those who continue to protest.

Cameron Sterling, 15, breaks down as his mother discusses his father's death. (Image source: YouTube)

First he told CBS News that not all police officers are "bad," adding that while "there are some that are bad, but all aren't bad." He also said that "all police shouldn't be punished for other police's crimes."

And the five Dallas officers who lost their lives didn't deserve to be gunned down "because nobody knew if they had kids to go home to," Cameron Sterling added to the network. "Those kids need their parents."

"What I want, what I ask if you truly love my father, I truly just want everyone to protest the right way — protesting in peace. Not in violence," the teenager added. "Not beating the police. Not police beating the people. That makes no sense. That make things worse. You have to make things better by making peace."

[sharequote align="center"]"You have to make things better by making peace."[/sharequote]

As Cameron Sterling's mother, Quinyetta McMillon, addressed the public following Alton Sterling's death, Cameron Sterling broke down.

"When I put my arm around her, it's like somebody else's hand touched me, like I had another hand laying on top of my hand," he told CBS News of that moment. "And when I looked over ... nobody else was touching me. And it was like at that moment I knew. My daddy here, he right on the side of her."

"We're standing here as a family together once again. That's when I just started crying," he continued.

CBS News reported that Cameron Sterling will travel to Washington, D.C., on Thursday to meet with President Barack Obama before his father's funeral Friday.

"I really want everyone to know, everyone nationwide, everyone in this world, to know that Alton Sterling was a good man," Cameron Sterling said. "No matter what anyone else has to say about him, truly in my heart, I know he was a good dad."

(H/T: CBS News)

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