U.S. Police Shootings
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Killings Caught on Camera: Two fatal police shootings of black men in the United States in two consecutive days have sparked outrage and debate over the relationship between race and policing practices. Both deaths were captured on video and widely circulated online; the first, in Louisiana, was filmed by bystanders with cellphones, and the second, in Minnesota, was live-streamed on Facebook by the victim’s girlfriend from the passenger seat. The federal government has opened a civil-rights investigation into the Louisiana shooting, and dozens of people turned out for peaceful protests in both states.
The Public Reacted
Approximately 300 people were arrested on Monday outside the U.S. Capitol as demonstrators entered their second week of protests on issues ranging from the financing of political campaigns to easing college students' debt load. Capitol Police added that with Monday's action, around 1,240 have been arrested by the department since April 11. As the demonstrators were being arrested and processed, a large demonstration was underway nearby at the U.S.
More than 900 'Democracy Spring' protesters arrested in D.C. - so far
Police have calmly arrested hundreds of people in Washington, D,.C. protesting the influence of money in politics during the last week, in what several participants described as a striking display of restrained law enforcement.
More arrests are expected Monday, the final day of protests when the focus of the non-violent protests turn to voting rights and timely consideration of the Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court. U.S. Capitol Police have arrested more than 900 protesters through Saturday.
Mass demonstrations by a group called "Democracy Spring" began last Monday. A related group, "Democracy Awakening," joined the efforts on Saturday and are holding often integrated sit ins and other demonstrations to protest laws it considers discriminatory, such as Voter ID laws.
"Here what you have is a very professional, carefully calibrated and wonderfully orchestrated means of dealing with law enforcement in Washington," said Cornell Brooks, national president and CEO of NAACP.
Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), speaks during an annual African American History Month Observance Program February 23, 2016 at the Justice Department in Washington, DC.
More often, "it's very different the way young activists who are black and brown are described" and treated, said Brooks, who led the Democracy Awakenings march on Sunday. "Sometimes they are roughed up and assumptions are made that can be very dangerous."
Those arrested were charged with violating a D.C. statute prohibiting "crowding, obstructing, or incommoding," which are misdemeanors, said police spokeswoman Eva Malecki. All of those arrested were Democracy Spring-related participants. Most were processed and then released on the scene.
On Sunday, Malecki said demonstrators remained "orderly and respectful," just as they had through the previous week. .
Democracy Awakening urged their protesters to wear their "Sunday best" and to bring $50 in cash in anticipation of the planned arrests Monday.
Actress Rosario Dawson said in a video posted on YouTube Friday that the organizers hope to surpass all previous Capitol protest records for number arrested, topping 1,000 by the time the week-long demonstration wraps up.