Within the last two days, two black men — Alton Sterling and Philando Castile — have been killed by police in separate incidents. These tragedies have once again sparked the debate about police being too eager to use their firearms.
In regards to the Castile shooting, his fiance claims that he was reaching for his wallet and informed the officer that he had a concealed carry license before he was shot. Sterling’s case was somewhat of a different matter, with two policemen being forced to restrain him before the fatal incident occurred.
Cleary upset by recent events, singer Beyonce took to her website and wrote an impassioned plea for cops to stop killing members of the black community.
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“We’re going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished,” she writes. “These robberies of lives make us feel helpless and hopeless.”
Below her post were links to members of Congress, most notably the legislatures that represent Minnesota and Louisiana (the states where the shootings took place). Beyonce has become very active recently regarding specific social issues. At an event in Glasgow, Scotland she stopped her singing to display the names of people who have fallen to police brutality.
“This is a human fight. No matter your race, gender or sexual orientation,” she said on her website, “This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights.This is not a plea to all police officers but toward any human being who fails to value life. The war on people of color and all minorities needs to be over.”
Despite imagery and lyrics in her music video Formation that appeared to be critical of law enforcement, the star has repeatedly rejected the accusation she is “anti-police.”
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