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President Barack Obama Speaks Out About Police Shootings Of Philando Castile & Alton Sterling

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President Barack Obama is speaking up after these terrible tragedies.

This week, two black men were shot and killed by police officers in two separate shootings that took place within one day of each other.

On Tuesday, Alton Sterling was pinned to the ground in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by two cops, when one of the responding officers fired multiple rounds into him, claiming he was armed.

Then, on Wednesday, Philando Castile was shot multiple times by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota as he was reaching for his license and registration.

Related: Celebrities React To Philando's Controversial Killing

Both men died from their injuries.

And now, the Commander-in-Chief has made a moving statement about the poor victims after landing in Poland on Thursday, saying:

"When incidents like this occur, there's a big chunk of our citizenry that feels like, because of the color of their skin, they're not being treated the same. And that hurts. That should trouble all of us…. This is not just a black issue. It's not just a Hispanic issue. It's an American issue."

He also pushed for a more widespread adoption of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing that he set up two years ago, adding:

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New Video Shows Alton Sterling Was NOT Holding A Gun When Police Shot & Killed Him

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This has got to stop.

On Tuesday, Alton Sterling was pinned down, shot, and killed by two officers from the Baton Rouge Police Department, after a 911 caller claimed a man matching Alton's description was threatening him with a gun while selling CDs.

When officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake arrived on the scene, they tackled him to the ground, which is when one of the cops yelled that the father-of-five had a gun.

Related: Alton's Son Breaks Down During Family Press Conference

While he was pinned down in the parking lot, Alton was repeatedly shot, and was tragically killed from his injuries.

In a press conference, the BRPD claimed that Mr. Sterling "was armed," and District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III said:

"The officers feel they were completely justified."

However, new video obtained by The Daily Beast captures more of the controversial killing, and seems to show that Alton was NOT holding a gun at the time he was gunned down.

The clip is incredibly graphic, but if you would like to watch it you can click here.

The video begins with Alton already pinned down by the officers, who can be heard yelling:

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UPDATE: Alton Sterling Shooting Sparks Protests & Celebrity Reactions — See Jesse Williams, Zendaya, Amy Schumer, & Others' Comments On The Sad Story

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The Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana is currently facing public backlash after video surfaced of their officers shooting a black father-of-five named Alton Sterling.

According to the BRPD, Police responded to a call on Tuesday, not long after midnight, and were told that a black man wearing a red shirt was selling CDs and had threatened the caller with a gun. Unfortunately, the scene turned fatal when the uniformed cops made contact with Sterling at the Triple S Food Mart.

Video: Jesse Williams Preaches Black Lives Matter At The BET Awards

In a statement, the police explained:

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