What is the future for the police and race relations?
Police killings in Louisiana and Minnesota; deadly sniper attacks targeting officers in Dallas. What are your thoughts on events of this week and what they mean for race relations in North America?
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- On white privilege: 'For me, a traffic stop is not life or death'
- 'People don't notice their privilege until they really try to see it'
It happened in Falcon Heights, a suburb of Minnesota, on Wednesday. After the shooting of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, Diamond Reynolds live streamed the immediate aftermath on Facebook. In the background you could hear the sound of her four-year-old daughter, Dae'Anna, comforting her mother after the shooting.
The video shows the officer still aiming his gun through the car window after Castile was shot four times, his t-shirt drenched in blood.
It left many people wondering, how does a traffic stop lead to the death of a man at the hands of police?
Just 24 hours before Castile's death, an altercation with police outside a convenience store ended with the shooting death of 37-year-old year old Alton Sterling. He was pinned down by police and shot in the chest.
The outrage and emotion had Black Lives Matter protesters out on the streets of major American cities, including Dallas.And the tumultuous week culminated with sniper fire at a peaceful demonstration in that city.
Five officers dead. Seven more wounded. Two civilians hurt.
America is still coming to grips with these recent tragedies. It's put the country's race problem back into the spotlight.
But some say it's not just in the States. Racism is a real issue in Canada too, when it comes to police and the black community.
After the police killings of two black men in Baton Rouge and Minnesota, the shootings of twelve officers in Dallas, and with tensions still high - protests continuing and reports of police clashes in a number of US cities - what does it all mean for race relations in North America? Where do we go from here?"
- Shootings raise unanswered life-or-death question for black men in America: Neil Macdonald
- Number of U.S. blacks killed by police hard to pin down with no official figures
- What to consider when uploading videos of police violence
- Dallas shooting: 'I can't believe it didn't happen earlier,' says former Baltimore police sergeant
- Snipers kill 5 police officers 'ambush style' at Dallas protest, several wounded
- Alton Sterling's brother visits scene of police shooting: 'They're picking us off one by one'
- Philando Castile friend 'all out of tears and ready to fight'
- 'I did it so that the world knows,' woman says of filming aftermath of fatal police shooting
- #SayHisName: Americans react to videos of police killings
- How do you talk to kids about the police shooting deaths of black men?
- Police across Ontario react to Dallas shootings
- Black Lives Matter Toronto stalls Pride parade
- Black Lives Matter, Pride and protest: Activists, police and community veterans react
- Freddie James case highlights police racial-profiling problem
- Racial profiling 'real' problem in Quebec
Globe and Mail
- Will Americans really watch – and truly see – the hatred in their midst?
- Black deaths, police brutality, caught on video: No justice, only sequels
- Deadly police shootings: Other cases that galvanized the public
- 'A devastating night': Snipers kill 5 officers, wound 7 more in Dallas
- The bullies of Black Lives Matter
- 'I could have easily been in their position,' Edmonton MLA tells rally supporting Black Live Matters after U.S. deaths
New York Times
- After Philando Castile's Killing, Obama Calls Police Shootings 'an American Issue'
- A Killing. A Pointed Gun. And Two Black Lives, Witnessing.
- Critics of Police Welcome Facebook Live and Other Tools to Stream Video
- Michael Brown's Mom, on Alton Sterling and Philando Castile
- Dallas shooting puts U.S. at a crossroads. Will we address race and criminal justice or allow violence to fester?