After footage circulated online yesterday showing Baton Rogue police shooting and killing Alton Sterling, many asked when police brutality toward blacks would end, and that question, heartbreakingly, remains unanswered as a second black American has died as a result of police gunfire in as many days. Philando Castile was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop Wednesday evening (July 6) while he was reaching for identification. Castile was legally licensed to carry a firearm.
“He let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm,” a woman who identified herself as Castile’s girlfriend said in a video posted to Facebook shortly after the shooting. The incident took place in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb. with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), whose district is about 2 miles from the scene, telling CNN, “There is a systematic targeting of African Americans and a systematic lack of accountability.”
As with Sterling death, the hip-hop community was vocal in their outrage over Castile’s shooting, with August Alsina saying in the below video, “And this continues to happen every day. Shit at this rate it’ll be every hour. So I’m just asking the question that because all is lost and there is nothing lose, being that they’re taking our lives away from us, when do we stand up for ourselves? And show them what our lives mean to us?”
In the aftermath of the shooting, rappers like The Game, YG, Fabolous and more are up in arms. A gallery of reactions is included above, with additional details and quotes from the shooting available at The Washington Post. Below is the aforementioned video from the scene, which we do warn is graphic and disturbing.
#PressPlay: #ChrisBrown speaks following the murders of #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile
What are you going to do when you're the last BLACK MAN on earth ?!?!? That's a question that someone is going to have to answer one day if they keep killing us like this !!!! #PhilandoCastille shot in cold blood as he sat next to his girlfriend after reaching for his identification as instructed by the officer SMFH !!!! & as soon as his girlfriend posted it… FACEBOOK removed it & DELETED her page !!!! They are exterminating us like we are fuckin rats out here people !!!!!!! I don't have anything cool, educated or peaceful to say… This shit is really fucking krazy !!!!! I cannot believe that a day after #AltonSterling is murdered…. Another white cop kills another BLACK MAN while complying !!!! We are DOOMED whether we stand up or not !!! We don't care like our grandparents & parents did !!!! We are weakened by this new age & purposely blinded by these mothafuckas while they KILL US ALL ONE BY ONE !!!! ITS TAKING EVERYTHING INSIDE ME NOT TO FUEL MY RAGE !!!!!!! THEY DONT HAVE MUCH LONGER !!!!!! CAN YALL NOT SEE WTF THEYRE DOING TO US ??? WE ARE DYING PEOPLE…… DYING !!!
Question ? #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile & TOO MANY OTHER liVES TURNED HASTAGS