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Police fatally shot 491 American citizens during the first six months of 2016. Think about that for a second. Police have played judge, jury, and executioner for nearly 500 Americans so far this year. These Americans never stood before a judge or jury, they were never read their rights as citizens, and they didn't have a lawyer who advocated for them. They received none of those things because a police officer decided to use deadly force.
I'm sure some of these 491 citizens conducted themselves in a way that warranted lethal force, but I have a strong feeling (especially with modern technology that allows us to video record all police activity) that many of these killings could have been avoided.
Alton Sterling was selling CD's outside of a convenience store whose owner gave him permission to do so. He was wrestled to the ground then shot in the back and chest multiple times before police watched him die before their very eyes. They then went and tried to confiscate all surveillance footage without a warrant. Philando Castile was complying with officer demands when one felt it was justified to shoot him multiple times. Oh, and did I say that Castile had a permit to carry his firearm? The list goes on and on...and on and on.
How many more of these shootings will happen before we realize that we have a real and serious problem in this country?