July 8, 2016

LAW AND DISORDER:

Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are 2 of 728 Americans that police killed this year (Sarah Frostenson, July 7, 2016, Vox)

´╗┐Fatal Encounters is an online database that tracks people killed during interactions with law enforcement.

And in 2016, Fatal Encounters has recorded a police-involved killing for every day except one -- June 17.

There was only 1 day in 2016 when police didn't kill anyone.

This month alone, police officers have been involved in the deaths of 17 people, including Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The two black men join a growing list of individuals killed by police under questionable circumstances.

Sterling and Castile's deaths have both led to national uproar. But it's important to know Sterling and Castile are just two of 728 people who have died this year in situations involving law enforcement.

Dallas police shooting: Five officers killed, seven wounded by gunmen (BBC, 7/08/16)

The Officer Down Memorial website says 53 US officers have died in the line of duty in 2016, 21 of them as a result of gunfire. The toll does not include those killed in Dallas.

Mr Obama added that "when people are armed with powerful weapons it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic", a subject that, he said, must be addressed in "the days ahead".

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