Protests against police brutality intensified in Charlotte, North Carolina and continued in Tulsa, Oklahoma this week following the deaths of Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher. Scott, an African-American father of seven, was killed by police while they searched his North Carolina apartment complex for a different man named in a warrant they were attempting to serve. 40-year-old Crutcher, also black, was shot and killed by police while waiting on the side of the road next to his broken-down car in Oklahoma.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem has garnered widespread media attention over the past month. Fellow athletes have followed suit in solidarity, and the movement has even spread to high school football players. In a few states such as New Jersey, Alabama, and Massachusetts, students' refusal to stand during the national anthem has been met with harassment, threats, and in some cases disciplinary measures from school administrators. Can a school legally punish a student for exercising his or her First Amendment right to protest?
Racial tensions and police brutality have dominated headlines this week, following the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Both men were African-American and killed by police officers. Their deaths have reinvigorated the efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has returned to the streets of many cities to protest violence against the African-American community.