When white lives are at stake, society takes notice

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A month after a former Minnesota police officer was found not guilty of fatally shooting Philando Castile in July 2016, Justine Ruszczyk was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer. But the reactions to the shootings were different. Why is there a greater outrage over Ruszczyk’s shooting than Castile’s, or the many other instances where blacks were shot and killed by white police officers? David A. Love takes a closer look in this opinion story at CNN.

Judge in Philando Castile case supports jury decision

The Minnesota judge who presided over the recent acquittal of the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile has written a letter supporting the jury’s decision. “The criticism of the jury’s decision of which I am aware has focused primarily on a reaction to the squad-cam video and on consideration of issues you as jurors were never asked to address,” wrote Judge William Leary III on June 23. More on the letter is available here at The Daily Beast.