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362 4 74 Beyonce posts powerful letter about Alton Sterling, Philando Castile deaths

Beyoncé is speaking out in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

The singer's official website now displays a statement mourning "these robberies of lives" and urging readers to contact their local politicians.

"We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action," the call to action reads. "We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes."

 

In just 48 hours, cellphone cameras captured two African-American men, Sterling and Castile, shot to death by police.

Sterling, 37, was killed Tuesday outside a convenience store, sparking protests all over Baton Rouge, La. Sterling sold CDs and DVDs outside the store, and two videos appear to show police pinning him down at the time of his death. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said he has "very serious concerns" after watching the video. "The video is disturbing to say the least," he said on Thursday.

 

n Wednesday, Castile, 32, was pulled over in Falcon Heights, Minn., by police conducting a traffic stop when the officer fired shots at Castile, who was driving the vehicle. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her daughter were in the car at the time of the shooting, and Diamond captured video of his death on Facebook Live.

"We don't need sympathy," reads Beyonce's letter. "We need everyone to respect our lives."

 

 

read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/07/07/beyonce-website-letter-alton-sterling-philando-castile-black-lives-matter/86817102/

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