The Shooting Deaths Of Philando Castile And Alton Sterling

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A black man down and shot by white police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We study the tape and what it means.

Michael McClanahan, head of the NAACP in Baton Rouge, speaks to reporters outside City Hall in Baton Rouge, La. (Mike Kunzelman/AP)
Michael McClanahan, head of the NAACP in Baton Rouge, speaks to reporters outside City Hall in Baton Rouge, La. (Mike Kunzelman/AP)

The videos are crushing to watch. A black man tackled, restrained on the ground, and shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His son breaking down. A black woman outside St. Paul, Minnesota turning to Facebook Live as her boyfriend, a black man, lies dying in the car seat next to her. Describing with astounding calm how a police officer just shot him, next to her, through the car window. Then breaking down. The “black lives matter” chants in the night. This hour On Point, we study the videos, and ask, “Why?” — Tom Ashbrook


Tim Nelson, general assignment reporter for Minnesota Public Radio. (@timnelson_mpr)

Kevin Litten, state politics reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. (@kevinlitten)

Gloria Browne-Marshall, professor of constitutional law at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Author of the book, "Race, Law and American Society." (@gbrownemarshall)

Ron Hosko, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund. Former assistant director of the FBI Criminal Investigative Division.

Pastor Raymond Jetson, pastor at the Star Hill Church in Baton Rouge, LA. CEO of MetroMorphosis, a nonprofit community building organization. Former Louisiana state legislator and former deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. (@raymondajetson)

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Minnesota Public Radio: Officer shoots, kills man at Falcon Heights traffic stop — "A St. Anthony police officer shot and killed an African-American man during a traffic stop Wednesday night in Falcon Heights with much of the bloody aftermath apparently captured on Facebook Live. The man was identified by family members as Philando Castile, 32, a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul."

Baton Rouge Advocate: 'He’s got a gun! Gun': Video shows fatal confrontation between Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge police officer -- "Alton Sterling, a 37-year old man who sold CDs, was shot and killed by a Baton Rouge police officer Tuesday morning outside a convenience store on North Foster Drive after “some type of altercation” with two officers, officials said."

New Orleans Times-Picayune: John Bel Edwards: Feds to lead investigation into Alton Sterling's fatal shooting -- "Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday (July 6) the U.S. Justice Department will lead the investigation into the fatal police-involved shooting of Alton Sterling, who died early Tuesday morning in north Baton Rouge."

Watch the Video Of Alton Sterling's Shooting [GRAPHIC CONTENT]

Watch The Video Of The Aftermath Of Philando Castille's Shooting [GRAPHIC CONTENT]

This program aired on July 7, 2016.


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