That’s it. President Obama is taking a stand against police brutality after the back-to-back tragic deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. He wrote a lengthy Facebook post on how this ongoing problem will continue to devastate the nation if we don’t fix it NOW.
President Obama, 54, is taking a stand after the horrific slayings of Alton Sterling, 37, on July 5, and Philando Castile, 32. Both black men were shot by police officers after getting into situations that were filmed. The POTUS wrote a message to Americans, hoping to inspire change and draw awareness to the racism that still plagues our country.
“All Americans should be deeply troubled by the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota,” Barack started his detailed, heartfelt Facebook post on July 7. “We’ve seen such tragedies far too many times, and our hearts go out to the families and communities who’ve suffered such a painful loss.” He credited the justice system for not being entirely corrupt, despite recent circumstances: “I have full confidence in their professionalism and their ability to conduct a thoughtful, thorough, and fair inquiry.”
However, the head of state did address these hate-crimes as “non-isolated incidents” that are “symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system.” Furthermore, he noted that “the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year” can no longer be seen as a fluke.
Alton, a father-of-five was first killed outside a convenient store, after two officers received an anonymous call saying a man who was selling CD’s (Alton) was also threatening him with a gun. Alton was videotaped being shot point-blank, which led to his untimely death.
Philando was also shot and killed the very next day in the St. Paul suburb during a traffic stop. He was licensed to carry a handgun, but police shot him as he was allegedly just reaching for his wallet and I.D. These two incidents have grappled the nation including the 44th president, who concluded: “To admit we’ve got a serious problem in no way contradicts our respect and appreciation for the vast majority of police officers who put their lives on the line to protect us every single day.” He asked that we reflect on what we can do better to restore “confidence that all people in this great nation are equal before the law.”
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