Protests began last weekend and continued early this week in Los Angeles after police shot and killed a black teenager. 18-year-old Carnell Snell Jr. was fatally shot near 107th Street and Western Avenue in South Los Angeles on Saturday. According to the LAPD, Snell was armed with a gun; however local residents have questioned this account of events.Police noticed a car with paper plates around 1 p.m. on Saturday and attempted to pull the car over. When the driver of the vehicle refused to stop, an officer-led pursuit ensued. The car stopped near 106th Street, and two passengers ran in different directions. Snell's younger sister, Trenell, was outside her home when she saw her brother running from police. She heard gunfire and dropped to the ground, and when she got up her brother was on the ground. Other relatives of Snell's said the teen was killed outside his house.
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.