MEDIA WATCH

U.S. Celebrities Criticize Police Killings

A number of celebrities have weighed in over social media on the shootings of two black men by police in two US states.

PoliceAlmost 24 hours after cops shot and killed a 37-year-old Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday, outside a convenience store, a Minnesota police officer fatally shot 32-year-old Philando Castile, at a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota Wednesday night.

R&B singer NeYo wrote on Twitter, “Another day, another hashtag. You didn’t deserve this, brother. You didn’t deserve this. #PhilandoCastile”

Rapper Ja Rule posted, “Time to MOBILIZE!!! They are blatantly killing black people!!! Attention All leaders I’m here for you, I wanna fight…”

Singer John Legend said, “We should not have to jump through hoops to prove black people shouldn’t be shot by police during routine traffic stops.”

The killings have sparked protests across the United States, especially among the Black Lives Matter movement.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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