US soul-searching after police fatally shoot two black men

Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, speaks during a protest in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 7, 2016US President Barack Obama made an emotional appeal for urgent police reform after the fatal shootings of two black men by police, as protests over the deaths erupted in major cities across the country. The deaths this week of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota — both caught on video — are once again fueling a debate about police use of lethal force, especially against African-Americans. The 10-minute video — which shows Castile bleeding out — prompted widespread outrage and has been viewed millions of times after it was posted on Facebook.

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