Quinyetta McMillan, wife of Alton Sterling who was fatally shot by police on Tuesday, addressed the death of her husband in an emotional speech.
Alton was confronted by two officers while he was selling CDs in front of a Triple S Food Mart in Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge Parish. An altercation occurred, following which the officers used a stun gun on the victim, pinned him to the ground until one of the officers shot him.
In her statement to the press, McMillan said, “You will see with your own eyes how he was handled unjustly and killed without regard for the lives he helped raise.”
She spoke about how her 15-year-old son Cameron Sterling had to revisit the tragic incident with the video of the shooting being shared widely around the globe.
“[Cameron] had to watch this as this was put all over the outlets,” McMillan said. “As a mother I have now been forced to raise a son who is going to remember what happened to his father.”
The two officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave. The head of the Baton Rouge NAACP, Louisiana, has called for the police chief to either resign or be fired, as reported by the Daily Mail.
McMillan described her husband as “the image of a man who simply tried to earn a living to take care of his children.”
“With that being said, the individuals involved in his murder took away a man with children who depended upon their daddy on a daily basis,” she said.
As reported by Mic.com, expressing gratitude towards those who expressed their condolences to her and Alton’s family, she said, “What I saw last night from the citizens of Baton Rouge will forever warm my heart. We are a complete community of individuals who will carry this burden and also stand together to ensure that this event will not go unnoticed, especially for the future. I, for one, will not rest or not allow him to be swept in the dirt.”
In the wake of the tragedy, several people held a protest at the store where the deadly shooting occurred. They were shouting “Black Lives Matter.”