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You Can Be In Favor Of Policing Reform Without Being Anti-police

The past week has been tough for those of us who support law enforcement, but are also in favor of policing reform. Early Tuesday morning, video emerged of an incident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in which a black man named Alton Sterling was killed during an altercation with police. Sterling was armed, but many believe the shooting–which took place at point-blank range while the officers were attempting to arrest Sterling for selling CDs–was excessive force, considering the videos did not show that Sterling reaching for the weapon. Following the shooting in Baton Rouge, video went viral of the aftermath of a police involved shooting in St. Paul, Minnesota. The shooting involved a man named Philando Castile who was carrying a concealed weapon–something he had a license to do–and was shot while sitting in his vehicle during a traffic stop that originated over a broken taillight. Castle’s girlfriend, whose Facebook livestream of the moments following the shooting went viral, claims that Philando told officers he was carrying the weapon and… Keep Reading

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