Alton Sterling’s grief-stricken son breaks down at his father’s open casket

This is the heart-breaking moment Alton Sterling’s son broke down at his father’s funeral in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Friday.

Cameron Sterling, 15, was consoled by Reverand Jesse Jackson after the funeral, as tears streamed down his face.

The younger Sterling wore a tie bearing his father’s image with the words ‘when will it end?’

Many of Alton Sterling’s grief-stricken relatives broke down in tears as mourners walked past his open casket to pay their respects at his funeral in Louisiana today.

This is the heart-breaking moment Alton Sterling's son Cameron Sterling breaks down in tears at his father's funeral, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Friday 

Cameron Sterling is consoled by Reverand Jesse Jackson and family members following his father's funeral on Friday

Hundreds of mourners today attended the funeral of Alton Sterling, the father of five who was gunned down by two white police officers earlier this month

Sterling, 37, was shot dead by two white police officers who pinned him down outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge where he was selling CDs.

Today, hundreds of people flocked to Southern University to remember the father of five whose slaying sparked a wave of protests across the country.

His aunt Sandra, still overwhelmed by his death ten days ago, had to be restrained by two men as she walked past her nephew’s body.

Standing beside his coffin, decorated with musical notes, a mourner wore a t-shirt which read ‘No Justice No Peace’ and another carried a sign saying: ‘Black America I’m Sorry!’

Among the mourners was Claire Carter, who came to Sterling’s visitation inside the basketball arena at Southern University, a historically black college in north Baton Rouge. She, like so many others, said she wanted aggressive policing to end.

Sterling’s encounter with police ‘went too far’ when officers tackled him and used a stun gun on him, she said. Police have said they found a gun in his pocket.

Carter said she bought a rhythm and blues CD from Sterling about a year ago and took it out and played it again after his death.

Sterling’s funeral started with a gospel choir singing hymns, as many in the crowd of a couple thousand joined in.

Alton Sterling's grief-stricken aunt Sandra (pictured, center) broke down in tears as mourners walked past his open casket to pay their respects at Southern University, Louisiana

 Sandra, an aunt who helped raise Alton Sterling, sobs as she is helped away from the casket during visitation before the funeral service 

Gary Chambers, a spokesman for the Sterling family and master of ceremonies for the funeral, said at the beginning that the event was intended to be a celebration of Sterling’s life – not an opportunity for demonstrations about his death.

‘If you want to protest please leave now,’ he told the crowd, which included two senior advisers to President Barack Obama.

Sterling was selling CDs outside the store, as he had done for years, when he was killed by police responding to a call of a man threatening someone with a gun.

Sterling’s death was captured on cellphone video and circulated widely on the internet. His death, along with another fatal police shooting in Minnesota last week, sparked widespread outrage among many African-Americans over the treatment of blacks by police.

Sterling’s death heightened tensions in Baton Rouge, where about 200 protesters were arrested over the weekend, and police said they had foiled a credible threat to attack officers. Authorities said they discovered the plot after a pawn shop burglary, and one of the suspects was to appear in court Friday.

Meanwhile, authorities said they discovered the alleged plot against them after four suspects broke into a pawn shop and stole guns. One of the suspects said they did so to harm officers; another one said he did it to sell the guns, authorities said.

Malik Bridgewater, 20, is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court on Friday. Police arrested Bridgewater and two other suspects on theft and burglary charges after eight handguns were stolen.

Bridgewater told investigators his motivation was to sell stolen items for cash, an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives wrote in an affidavit filed Thursday in federal court.

State and local law enforcement officials said during a news conference Tuesday that the stolen guns were part of a credible threat to harm police officers.

Standing beside his coffin, decorated with musical notes, a mourner held a sign which read: 'Black America I'm sorry!'

Another mourner, standing in front of Sterling's open casket, wore a t-shirt which read: 'No justice no peace'

Sterling's death was captured on cellphone video and circulated widely on the internet (pictured, mourners weep at his funeral)

The first suspect arrested in the burglary – 17-year-old Antonio Thomas – told police that ‘the reason the burglary was being done was to harm police officers.’

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie said threats like that justified an increased show of force at the demonstrations, as officers donned riot gear after starting with a mostly reserved, low profile.

Dabadie said Thomas didn’t give any details about when or where a possible plot would be carried out.

Police arrested a third suspect, a 13-year-old boy, on Monday. A fourth suspect remained at large Friday.

Sterling's death, along with another fatal police shooting in Minnesota last week, sparked widespread outrage among many African-Americans over the treatment of blacks by police (pictured, mourners at his funeral)

Source: The DailyMail

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