“[Black] men, women and children are being executed by the police and there are no consequences.”
– Valerie Castile, Philando Castile’s Mother
This year alone, police have killed 561 people.
On July 6, Alton Sterling was selling CDs outside a local store, like he always does, when police arrived on the scene. The police tased him, held him down on the ground, and shot him in the chest and back. In the witness-recorded video, you can hear the officer shouting, “If you f—ing move, I swear to God!”according to media reports.
Philando Castile’s murder came less than 24 hours after the cops executed Alton Sterling. An officer shot him four times after pulling him over, with his girlfriend and his daughter in the car as witnesses, for a broken taillight. Philando’s girlfriend, Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, live streamed the entire incident on Facebook. In the video, the officer can be heard screaming at her as her four-year-old daughter says, “It’s ok, Mommy. I’m right here with you.” Diamond was then arrested while the police took her child away.
ColorOfChange.org, a Black online activism organization, has created a petition about the unjust, summary executions of these two Black men by police officers. Read it here and click on this link to sign it! Thank you!
Dear Attorney General Lynch,
I am writing to urge you and the Department of Justice to bring charges against the Baton Rouge police officers who killed Alton Sterling as well as Falcon Heights police officers who killed Philando Castile. Over and over again, we have been forced to witness the killings of Black people on video without any accountability. Local prosecutors have proven to be almost completely opposed to bringing charges against police. Now that the Department of Justice is leading the investigation, you have the authority to swiftly resolve this tragedy by prosecuting the officers who treated Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s life with such disregard.
Both you and President Obama have repeatedly emphasized the need to build trust between police and communities but how can Black communities trust law enforcement when even the worst police killings don’t result in any consequences for officers. Please make the right choice and bring charges against these officers.
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