A battalion of police detain unarmed Ieshia Evans during a protest against police brutality in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 9, 2016, days after police shot and killed Alton Sterling

State-sanctioned violence against African Anericans

gas been a reality in he United States for centuries.

In recent years, widespread civilian use of cell phone

video cameras and requirements that police use body

and dashboard-mounted cameras have increased the amount

of documented evidence of the brutal realities of policing

in many Black communities.

In July 2016, Americans witnessed multiple recorded police

shootings of Black men. On July 5, Alton Sterling, 37, died

after a police officer shot him several times at close range

outside of a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, gas station. The following

day, during a traffic stop in Minnesota, a police officer fired

into a stopped vehicle and fatally shot Philando Castile, 32, four

times as his financee and her young daughter watched in horror.

At publication, no officers had been arrested for either shooting.

African Americans and other people of color are burdened by a

presumption of guilt and dangerousness that increases their risk

of being in a encounter with police and protests their killers

from punishment by assigning fault to the victims(by white prosecuters

and white juries). Dramatic video of the deaths of Mr. Sterling and

Mr.Castile, howver provided with public an unfiltered view of events.

The videos spread widely and launched local, national, and global protests.

Thr fsu afterMr. Castile's death, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton acknowledge

the racial injustice of the shooting. "Would this have happened if those

passengers would have been white?" he asked. "I don't think it would have."