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Community, professor speak out about recent police violence

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Posted at 11:26 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 23:26:14-04
In Baltimore, the conversation is heating up about the recent police-involved deaths in which black men were victims. 
 
President Obama said Thursday that the two recent shooting deaths at the hands of police are "symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities in our criminal justice system."
 
The opinions vary depending on who you ask, but community members interviewed by ABC2 said they just wanted a solution to a problem that seems to be growing.
 
"Who's going to correct the law if the law is breaking the law?" Jarod Anderson asked. 
 
Young men feel they're the targets of police brutality. UMBC professor Kimberly Mofitt said a common response to the police-involved deaths is fear.

"The response that we see happening in a number of communities where there have been police involved shootings that there is this sense of fear," she said.

Alton Sterling was killed in Louisiana Tuesday.  A day later, Philando Castile in Minnesota. Their families say it was discriminate and prejudice. 

"That body screams a number of things to others that makes people have visceral reactions to so that when they're thinking about someone who is violent, that's a black man," Moffitt said.

Is there a solution and can things change are among the questions on many minds.

"People have to hear each other and understand that even if we don't see it as race or racism, that it is something about a way  that we are mistreating other human beings," Moffitt said.

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