Hours after addressing the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, President Barack Obama delivered a statement about the police shooting that occurred during a protest in Dallas, Texas, which claimed the lives of five officers. He referred to the incident as a “vicious, calculated, and despicable attack on law enforcement.” “There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement,” said President Obama, while at a NATO Summit in Poland on Friday. “Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done.” He also used the Dallas shooting as a way to bring attention to the need for stricter gun laws. “Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices they make for us,” he said. “We also know when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately, it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic.” He also addressed the tarnished relationship between law enforcement officials and the Black community. “When people say ‘black lives matter,’ it doesn’t mean that blue lives don’t matter. But right now, the data shows that Black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents. There is a particular burden that is being placed on a group of our fellow citizens.” Read more.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Releases Statement About Philando Castile Livestream
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is speaking out on the death of Philando Castile. Castile’s final moments were livestreamed by his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, on the social media platform shortly after he was shot by a police officer. “My heart goes out to the Castile family and all the other families who have experienced this kind of tragedy. My thoughts are also with all members of the Facebook community who are deeply troubled by these events,” posted Zuckerberg on Facebook. The video of Castile, which shows him clinging to life in the driver’s seat after being shot, got over four million views. After the livestream was posted, it was temporarily removed from the website. “The images we’ve seen this week are graphic and heartbreaking, and they shine a light on the fear that millions of members of our community live with every day. While I hope we never have to see another video like Diamond’s, it reminds us why coming together to build a more open and connected world is so important — and how far we still have to go.” Read more.
Actress Issa Rae Launches Scholarship Fund For Alton Sterling’s Children
Many celebrities have expressed their outrage over the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Actress Issa Rae has decided to step up and take action. Rae, who was deeply saddened by the death of Sterling, launched a campaign to raise funds for his five children to receive a college education. “Can we get a scholarship fund going 4 #AltonSterling’s son/kids? Some of us feel helpless when these things happen, but that’s a small step,” she posted on Twitter. After launching the #AltonSterlingFamily Scholarship on Wednesday, $325,000 was raised within 21 hours. “Thank you for helping us raise the goal!” she posted on Wednesday night. “I just got off the phone with the Sterling family attorney who is aware of the GoFundMe and has asked me to call back tomorrow, as the family is (naturally) overwhelmed at this time. Will keep you all posted. In the meantime, keep spreading the word!” Read more.
Bernie Sanders To Endorse Hillary Clinton
If you can’t beat them, join them. According to reports, Senator Bernie Sanders is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in New Hampshire next week. During a recent interview, Sanders shared his support for Clinton. “We have got to do everything that we can to defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton. I don’t honestly know how we would survive four years of a Donald Trump as president,” he said. The campaign managers for both camps have reportedly held meetings to discuss Sanders’ policy agenda. President Obama has also stepped up to endorse Clinton. He made an appearance with the presidential hopeful at an event in North Carolina on Tuesday. “There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton. Ever,” said President Obama during the event. “And that is the truth. That is the truth.” Read more.
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