Protests against police brutality continue in the aftermath of the police killings of two African-American men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. We look at how people who record police violence have themselves been targeted, harassed, arrested and even imprisoned. In Baton Rouge, store owner Abdullah Muflahi was detained after he recorded Sterling’s death on his phone. Meanwhile, an Air Force veteran in Atlanta named Chris LeDay was arrested and held for 26 hours after he posted video of Sterling’s death.
On Wednesday, President Obama met at the White House with law enforcement officials and civil rights leaders. President Obama hosted the meeting one week after the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and the killing of five police officers by a sniper in Dallas. While the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile made national headlines, they were not isolated incidents. According to a count by The Guardian, at least 37 people have been killed by police in the United States so far this month. That’s more than the total number of people killed by police in Britain since the year 2000. Overall, police in the United States have killed a total of 585 people so far this year.
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