Union Square: Alton Sterling, Philando Castile Spark Protest (Photos & Videos)
After two police shootings that resulted in the deaths of Alton Sterlling and Philando Castile, people are now taking to the streets in Union Square to protest against violence, injustice, and the police.Advertisement
Philando Castile was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop. His car was pulled over due to a busted taillight. As he reached for his wallet and ID, the officer by the side of his car fired four shots into Castile. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, sat beside him as he lost consciousness. Castile was declared dead at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Alton Sterling was shot several times while in police custody. Officers came in contact with Sterling after receiving a disturbance call regarding a man selling cd’s with a gun. The shooting of Sterling by the police has been referred to the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI.
Today, people have taken the streets following the deaths of Sterling and Castile. Some of them marched around holding up signs. One said, “Stop police terror.”
Meanwhile, other protesters shouted, “Enough is enough.” They can be heard saying, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
One protester even asked the police in Times Square, “Who do I call when I’m scared of you?”
While protests are happening in New York, marches and rallies are also taking place across the United States. In Minnesota, many have gathered for a prayer vigil outside the governor’s residence. People have also gathered outside the school were Castile worked. One parent held up a sign that said, “Philando Castile fed my son lunch. Cops fed him four bullets.”
Aside from this, protests are also said to be happening in Washington DC, New Jersey, Dallas, and Seattle.