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Houston Police Fatally Shoot Armed Black Man

Given recent events, every instance of police shooting civilians – especially, black civilians – is going to come under scrutiny. Questions are sure to arise of whether or not deadly force was necessary and if victims may have been profiled in the first place. While it’s too early for definitive answers, those same questions are now being aimed at Houston police.

Two Houston police officers, both with ten or more years experience, saw a man standing in the street with a revolver in his hand. The man, later identified as Alva Braziel, was reportedly asked to lower his weapon by both officers and a witness. Instead, according to CBS, he raised it towards the sky, lowered it in the officers direction and they both fired multiple shots. 

Also, the boy and his mother aren't pleased with this photo.

Here’s what young people think about police violence and guns

The survey findings below are summarized in the report “Gun Violence, Policing, and Young Communities of Color – July 2016” which can be downloaded here.

The recent police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have raised important questions on the issues of gun violence, policing, and communities of color in the United States. Most importantly, the increased media attention to this issue shines a light on the ways that people of all genders, races, ages, and classes develop political opinions on these societal conditions.

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5 Officers Killed During Dallas Sniper Attack At Protest

A peaceful protest was being held for the killing of Alton Sterling before shooting targeted 12 police officers in the area, five of which have died as well as two civilian injuries. According to CNN, three suspects are in custody while one was killed by a bomb during an attempt to apprehend.

“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,”Dallas Police Chief David Brown said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”

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This Video Shows Why Not ‘Seeing’ Race Won’t Stop Police Brutality

The senseless murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile this week have drawn increased attention to the ways that police officers interact with people of color, specifically Black men. This video from StoryCorps highlights the ways that popular ideas about being “post-racial” or not “seeing” race at all don’t actually fix these issues. Instead, it leaves Black people especially vulnerable to police brutality.

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Black Woman Officer, Nakia Jones, Posts Viral Video In Response to Cops Killing Blacks

There have been varied reactions to the footage of both Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old man who was shot and killed while police had him pinned down to the ground in Lousiana, and Philando Castile, a 32-year-old man who was shot four times in the chest at a routine traffic stop. One Ohio  police officer named Nakia Jones posted a video response that is going viral. 

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Woman Livestreams Aftermath of Her Boyfriend’s Fatal Police Shooting

[Note: Due to it’s graphic, traumatic nature, we will not be sharing the video of Philando Castile’s death or any similar in nature.]

The image of Philando Castile’s body slowly swaying from side to side with a seat-belt seemingly the only thing keeping him in his seat is an image many will never forget. Unlike Alton Sterling, whose actual shooting was captured on film, the footage of Castile’s interaction with St. Anthony, Minnesota police started after he was shot.

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A Black Girl Named Riri Williams Will Be The Next Iron Man

Comic book publishers have been playing some serious catch-up after decades of characters that were mostly white men filled their pages. The latest step towards a better, more representative future falls in the middle of Iron Man’s storyline.

According to a TIME exclusive interview with Bendis, a black girl named Riri Williams will be holding down the mantle that Tony Stark will leave behind once Marvel’s current Civil War II storyline is done. Williams was created by Brian Michael Bendis, who’s credited with helping create Miles Morales and Jessica Jones, and is a 15-year-old MIT student who reverse-engineered an Iron Man suit out of stolen school supplies. Of course, this gets her on Tony Stark’s radar.