US soul-searching after police fatally shoot two black men

Pastor Patricia Bell (R) of St. Paul, Minnesota, prays with Gabriella Dunn and her children at the scene of the shooting of Philando Castile on July 7, 2016The fatal shootings of two black men by US police in as many days prompted a fresh round of national soul-searching on Thursday, with President Barack Obama saying the incidents were evidence of a "serious problem" in American society. The deaths this week of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota — both caught on video — are once again fueling an emotional debate about police use of lethal force, especially against African-American suspects. The 10-minute video — which shows Castile bleeding out and has prompted widespread outrage — has been viewed so far more than three million times after it was posted on Facebook.

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