President Obama On Police Shootings: 'Change Has Been Too Slow'

It came amid protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men. His girlfriend posted live video on the internet of the bloody scene minutes afterward, which was widely viewed.

Tawandra Carr, who said she was best friends with Alton Sterling, is comforted as people gather outside the Triple S convenience store in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, July 6, 2016. "And now you hear us because we can go on social media and yell".

In Chicago, protesters shut down a stretch of the Dan Ryan Expressway - one of Chicago's main arteries - for about 10 minutes on Thursday. "At the time as our hands is in the air, he asked for license and registration". I'm asking that you try to empathize with the anger and grief of the fathers, mothers and children who have lost their loved ones to police violence.

"Nobody should be shot and killed in Minnesota for a tail light being out of function", Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said. Yet they also fall far short of what's really needed to change the untenable state of affairs.

"Would this have happened if the driver and the passengers were white?"

The investigations are ongoing and we'll have to wait for their findings to understand what really happened in these tragic events. "I don't think it would've", Dayton said at a press conference Thursday.

The U.S. Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting. Cellphone video of his shooting was posted online and set off angry protests in Baton Rouge and beyond.

"Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Sean Bell. and unfortunately so many more". The video showed blood oozing through Castile's shirt as he appeared to lose consciousness. How would you feel?' " Obama said.

"All of us as Americans should be troubled by these shootings, because these are not isolated incidents".

The deaths have sparked fresh demonstrations in the USA and President Barack Obama said that the killings were "an American issue that we should all care about". What I do know is that the law enforcement leaders in Baton Rouge, namely Chief of Police Carl Dabadie and District Attorney Hillar Moore are men of the highest character and integrity.

The police reacted calmly while protesters yelled and later the line of officers who confronted protesters moved back toward headquarters. She describes being pulled over for a "busted tail light" as an officer with the St. Anthony Police Department, which polices Falcon Heights, points a gun into the vehicle and speaks with her, saying "I told him not to reach for it". Theresa Williams says that when the shooting began, Taylor threw herself over her sons.

We are sick and exhausted of the killings of young men and women in our communities.

Sterling, who was black, was shot and killed Tuesday by two white Baton Rouge police officers. The ethnicity of the police officer was not clear.

Only a few hours before the ambush, rumors swirled around Baton Rouge that police were involved in another shooting here. He's urging local policing agencies to implement the Justice Department's recommendations. She wouldn't answer questions, however, about whether she believed police would have responded the same way if Alton Sterling had been white.

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