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Two fatal police shootings of African-American men this week have sparked widespread outrage online, including from a range of famous figures from the worlds of music, film, television and professional sports, with Drake, Lena Dunham, George Takei, Olivia Wilde, and Reggie Bush.
IF anything THIS proves why the term #BlackLivesMatter is the CRYOUT to the rest of the Planet Earth from this United States Of America.
A Minnesota officer fatally shot a male driver during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, on Wednesday evening. A female passenger, who was accompanied by a young child, livestreamed what appears to be the immediate aftermath of the incident via Facebook.
It’s like waking up in a horror film. Stop killing us. #PhilandoCastile
Listen to how frightened the cop in the #FalconHeights video sounds. Why was he issued a gun? Why was he allowed to be a policeman?
A day earlier in Lousiana, Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, where he regularly sold homemade CDs from a folding table.
God help us. #FalconHeightsShooting https://t.co/qjqevCSRYc
“They Murdered that man. We just saw it.” Thank you @Rosenbergradio https://t.co/PyDmLY52ld
Not ONE conviction for police murders of innocent black people. No accountability. Police reform NOW. @potus pic.twitter.com/E8qXr4yara
I can’t wake up to another innocent black man gone. Police reform NOW. Please @potus. #blacklivesmatter #howmanymore #PhilandoCastille
Others challenged the National Rifle Association and gun rights advocates on their lack of comment regarding given that Sterling, who police said was armed, lived in an open-carry state and Castile was a licensed gun owner who – according to his girlfriend’s taped account – had alerted the officer who stopped him that he was carrying a firearm under permit as he complied with an order to produce identification.
Let’s go NRA. I know y’all are for the 2nd amendment. Are you also for equal protection? https://t.co/PaKMcZ7ina
#PhilandoCastile had a permit to carry and was complying with police and still got shot! Where’s outrage from gun rights advocates? #TeamDl
Some reiterated that the problem of law enforcement’s excessive use of force based on racial profiling is one for all citizens — regardless of racial background — to tackle together.
It is imperative in the face of racial injustice and slaughter that people of all races speak out and decry the system. #SilenceEqualsDeath