Summer of Shootings
Philando Castile was shot 4 times in Minneapolis by a police officer while reaching for his wallet, after notifying the officer that he had a gun and permit for it. His girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath as the policeman kept his gun on Castile and her daughter sat in the backseat. Alton Sterling was shot in Baton Rouge while being pinned to the ground by multiple officers, after one officer yelled “He’s got a gun!” Both shootings fueled protests across the country. One man killed 5 police officers in Dallas, telling police in the standoff before he was killed that he was upset about the recent shootings. 3 officers were shot in Baton Rouge by a man who posted videos urging people to “fight back.” The President has condemned all of the violence, and people across the country are on edge regarding what could happen next.
To read more about each incident, click the links in the summary.