Alton Sterling’s Son Celebrated His 16th Birthday With Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
Kanye West met with one very special audience member during the Inglewood, Calif. stop of his Saint Pablo Tour—Alton Sterling's oldest son—who posed for a photo with Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian.
Sterling was killed by Baton Rouge police back in July, and his death started a new wave of protests, drawing national attention, as well as increased celebrity involvement in the movement to end state sanctioned police violence against black people. Following the death of Sterling and Philando Castile, everyone from Michael Jordan, Drake and Beyoncé, to Kim Kardashian issued statements condemning police terrorism in black communities.
“This week we watched Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two innocent black men, get senselessly murdered by police officers. Like a lot of you guys, I watched the videos, and was appalled and completely heartbroken. I was left speechless, angry and numb,” Kim wrote back in July. “I want my children to grow up knowing that their lives matter. I do not ever want to have to teach my son to be scared of the police, or tell him that he has to watch his back because the people we are told to trust—the people who "protect and serve"—may not be protecting and serving him because of the color of his skin.”
Attorney Justin Bamberg tweeted the photo of Sterling's son, Cameron Sterling, posing with Kim and Kanye backstage at the show.
"Shoutout to [Kanye] and [Kim] for showing 16th bday love last night to my client #CameronSterling, eldest son of #AltonSterling," Bamberg wrote on Twitter yesterday (Nov. 2). Cameron's meeting with Kanye and Kim marks the first public photo Kim has taken since her Paris robbery.
Bamberg is part of a legal team representing Cameron and his family in a wrongful death suit. Cameron's emotional breakdown at a press conference following the shooting of father, which was captured on video, was seared on the consciousness of Americans grappling with the country's continued struggles with institutionalized racism and police violence.
"I want my daddy back," Cameron, then 15, could be heard saying as his mother demanded justice for his father.
Check out the photo above.