Quinyetta McMillon: 'It's not a race issue, but they're making it a race issue'

Quinyetta McMillon: 'It's not a race issue, but they're making it a race issue'
Quinyetta McMillon (Source: WAFB)
Quinyetta McMillon (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said the police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge likely contributed to the mass shooting of police officers in Dallas, TX overnight.

Those close to Sterling said violence against police is not the answer and not what they want.

"It's insane. It hurts to see other people going through what we're going through right now," said Quinyetta McMillon, who is the mother of Alton Sterling's oldest son, Cameron Sterling.

It's a pain McMillon understands all too well, the loss of a loved one.

Sterling was shot and killed early Tuesday morning by a Baton Rouge police officer. It's that shooting, the police chief in Dallas said, is likely behind the shooting of 12 police officers overnight.

"The suspect said he was upset about the recent police shootings. He said he was upset at white people. The suspect said he wanted to kill white people especially white officers," said Dallas Police Chief David Brown.

Kiran: "There's a small portion of the community out there nationally that will say, 'We got revenge. What would you say to that?'"
McMillon: "You don't."
Kiran: "Why?"
McMillon: "There's no revenge in that. You don't get revenge by going out and hurting someone else. It's not right. That's not how it works."

"If you are someone who can mourn the loss of Mr. Sterling and celebrate what happened in Dallas, you have transformed into the very thing you take issue with," said McMillon's lawyer Justin Bamberg.

Both McMillon and Bamberg said they're thankful to all the Baton Rouge protesters and proud of them for respecting Sterling's family's wishes of keeping things peaceful saying their goal is to get answers, not divide the country.

Kiran: "Is there a race issue in this country right now?"
McMillon: "As of right now, they're making it a race issue."

Which is why she's condemning the Dallas shootings, saying it's not about what color a person is.

"We're all humans at the end of the day and everybody shouldn't judge of a color, or a race or whatever. Everybody should be treated the same because like my attorney said when you go home and you're out of that uniform, you're still somebody's husband. You're still somebody's daughter. You're still somebody's wife. You're still somebody's mother," said McMillon.

"We have a lot of issues that need to be dealt with in this country, police brutality, unconstitutional use of force, what happened here, what happened in Minnesota, what we dealt with in North Charleston, Atlanta. These are problems that have to be addressed, but there is a way, a correct way to handle it. You allow the justice system to run its course," said Bamberg.

Both said taking matters into your own hands is the wrong way to approach this.

"They shouldn't take it into their own hands because what's happening is they're making matters worse," said McMillon.

Kiran: "What do you say to the people who are even thinking along those lines?"
McMillon: "I would like to tell them just stop it. It has to come to an end. We still have kids that have to grow up. They plan to have kids. Life is the most valuable thing you can ever have and just appreciate that. Stop the violence."

It's a plea from a woman to keep others from having to be in her shoes -- the shoes of losing a loved one.

Attorneys for McMillon issued a statement Friday morning on her behalf regarding the shootings in Dallas that resulted in the deaths of five officers.

We wholeheartedly reject the reprehensible acts of violence that were perpetrated against members of the Dallas Police Department.

The Raycom News Network reported one suspect is dead and three others are in custody from the shootings that left five police officers dead and seven others wounded during a protest Thursday night. It also stated the suspect who exchanged gunfire with police in a downtown parking garage for hours before getting killed, according to CNN. According to the report, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Friday that the snipers fired ambush-style on officers and appeared to be trying to kill as many as they could.

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