News to leave you numb
"A woman caught the shooting of her boyfriend by a cop on Facebook live. MAJOR TRIGGER WARNING," cautions Nylon Magazine's Leila Brillson about yet another officer-involved shooting captured on video, this time taking place just last night (nearing 30,000 shares at this very moment). This victim's name is 32-year-old Philando Castile, and he was killed during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. “I think he was just black in the wrong place," his mother told reporters. "2nd amendment is only for white people," snarks Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks. So many elements of the video are jarring: the fact that the aftermath was livestreamed on Facebook, for example, or that there happens to be a young daughter in the back seat, audibly consoling her mother, “It’s OK, Mommy ... It’s OK, I’m right here with you.” Reportedly points out that this is the third police shooting death of a black man in three days. "My reality: More scared of being killed by cops in the U.S. today than I ever was fighting terrorists in Iraq and Bosnia," admits SI's Scooby Axson. This latest development prompted yet another live address from the nation's first black president: "This is not just a black issue ... This is an American issue," Barack Obama told the public, later continuing, “To be concerned about these issues is not political correctness, it’s to be American and want to live up to our best ideals.”
The latest tragic installment in the #BlackLivesMatter movement comes on the heels of new video emerging of Alton Sterling being killed by Baton Rouge Police. "The deli store owner gets props for getting the truth out," praises Simone Weichselbaum from The Marshall Project. At MTV News, Ezekiel Kweku confesses he's "long passed the point at which watching these videos makes me feel like a helpless bystander," realizing "At this point, I am a critic of images of men like me, dying. I’m a connoisseur." In response, MTV's Holly Anderson chillingly calls it "extrajudicial killings morphing into genre." "Black lives matter, and then in an instant, they don't," freelancer Roxane Gay writes, then elaborates, "I don’t know how to feel that my life matters when there is so much evidence to the contrary." More than 500 people have been shot and killed by police in America so far this year, The Atlantic reminds us.
Checking in ongoing sagas elsewhere: Donald Trump met with Hill Republicans as the controversy over his Star of David tweet continues to swell and Fox News sources claim Gretchen Carlson isn't the first Roger Ailes victim.