IN A NUTSHELL: MUST READ
More Police Violence, More Outrage
In the last two days, there have been two fatal shootings of black Americans at the hands of police officers, prompting outrage and concern across the country. Less than 24 hours after Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana, 32-year-old Philando Castile was shot by police during a routine traffic stop in Minnesota. Castile was in the car with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year old daughter, and Reynolds captured the graphic event on video to share on Facebook Live. The footage compelled Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to call on the Department of Justice to begin an investigation.
Permit Us, If You May, An Editorial Aside:
Philando Castile is the 136th black person killed by Police in 2016 alone. At least 24 of those killed were completely unarmed, and many of them were killed while doing routine daily tasks. Sadly, this is not a new news in the United States. Well before the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, black Americans were more than twice as likely as white Americans to be killed by police. Increased national attention and movements like #blacklivesmatter don’t seem to put an end to the violence. Research suggests that the bias runs deep, and, unfortunately, so does a sense of helplessness about what to do. This is not to suggest that all police are racist but this can’t really be the “land of the free” if ~10% of the population risks humiliation, harassment and death by a state meant to protect them.
Good Read: 15 Things Your City Can Do To End Police Brutality