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President Obama addresses latest police shooting deaths

‘Regardless of the outcome of such investigations, what’s clear is that these fatal shootings are not isolated incidents.’

President Barack Obama has been here before.

Whether it be a statement or a speech about a shooting, they’ve come way too often during his presidency. On Thursday, Obama addressed the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in a statement posted on Facebook.

“All Americans should be deeply troubled by the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota,” the statement reads. “We’ve seen such tragedies far too many times, and our hearts go out to the families and communities who’ve suffered such a painful loss.”

On Tuesday morning, Sterling, 37, was shot and killed in front of a convenience store by a Baton Rouge police officer. The very next day, Castile, 32, was also killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, during a traffic stop for a broken taillight. After mentioning that a civil rights investigation has been opened in Baton Rouge by the U.S. Department of Justice, the president admitted that these “fatal shootings are not isolated incidents.”

“They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve.”

Read the full post below.

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Maya Jones is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a native New Orleanian who enjoys long walks down Frenchmen Street and romantic dates to Saints games.