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Obama: Police Killings Symptomatic of US Criminal Justice System Challenges

© AP Photo / Susan WalshPresident Barack Obama speaks at the Treasury Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, following a meeting with his National Security Council to get updates on the investigation into the attack in Orlando, Florida and review efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL.
President Barack Obama speaks at the Treasury Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, following a meeting with his National Security Council to get updates on the investigation into the attack in Orlando, Florida and review efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL. - Sputnik International
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The deaths of two African-American men at hands of police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, highlight the existing problems within the US criminal justice system, US President Barack Obama said in a statement on Thursday.

Protesters gather outside the governor's residence Thursday, July 7, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. A police officer fatally shot Philando Castile as a woman in the vehicle apparently livestreamed the aftermath in a widely shared Facebook video. The shooting happened late Wednesday during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. - Sputnik International
US Must End Inequality Leading to Police Killings of African-Americans
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Police in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights shot and killed Castile late Wednesday night after pulling over his car for a broken tail light.

"What's clear is that these fatal shootings are not isolated incidents," Obama stated. "They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year."

On Tuesday, the footage of Alton Sterling appearing to be pinned to the ground and shot in the chest by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana prompted the US Department of Justice to open an investigation into the incident.

The Justice Department said earlier in the day that they are assessing the situation regarding Castile’s death. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton asked the Department on Thursday to open a federal inquiry into the incident.

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