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LeBron James comments on Philando Castile shooting
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LeBron James comments on Philando Castile shooting
Friday July 8th, 2016

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After five police officers were shot and killed in Dallas on Thursday night, many sports figures posted their reactions on social media, calling for a stop to the violence that has dominated the headlines this week. 

A protest in response to the recent police killings of black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile turned violent when snipers took aim at police officers. A total of 12 officers were shot, leaving five dead and seven injured. Two civilians were also wounded in the gunfire.

One suspect was killed after a shootout with police, and three additional suspects are in custody.

Sterling was killed on Tuesday after being shot multiple times by police responding to a 911 call. Castile died on Wednesday after a police officer shot him during a traffic stop. Both killings were recorded on video and widely circulated on social media.

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki wrote on Twitter that he was “still in shock,” and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony posted a long message on Instagram calling for other athletes to be outspoken about social issues.

LeBron James: Philando Castile shooting ‘sickens me’

Athletes and other sports figures responded to the latest violent incident on social media.

Kaepernick on Alton Sterling shooting: ‘What lynchings look like in 2016’

 

Live from OAKLAND!! #AllWeWantIsPeace We gotta value our own lives, before anyone else will! #PEACE

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Athletes react to Philando Castile shooting by police

The recent violence has sparked a renewed discussion on police violence and race. 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick called Sterling’s death a modern-day lynching, a label Castile’s sister Alize also used for her brother’s death, according to CBS.

- Erin Flynn

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