This week, horrific footage was released of multiple murders taking place in two US cities at the hands of the police. Alton Sterling, a father of five, was gunned down after being restrained by cops for selling mixtapes outside of a Baton Rouge store. His killing was documented by two witnesses, which shows that he never reached for the gun he legally carried in his pocket.
In Minnesota, Philando Castile was shot dead by a police officer in front of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter while stopped for a broken taillight. His girlfriend caught the whole encounter in a live Facebook recording. Philando stated that he was simply reaching for his license and registration as he was instructed to do when the officer opened fire point-black and shot him dead. The world watched as Castile bled to death sitting in his car.
These incidents have shaken up the minority community, and left many hearts around the country heavy. See how the hip hop community reacted to these senseless and brutal police killings.
Peter Rosenberg probably had one of the more enlightened responses to the incident having a police officer from the NPYD call in to Hot 97. While the two went back-and-forth, Rosenberg unleashed a full rant about how police officers stick together, which causes them to protect the bad apples who are killing minorities without repercussion.
Krit uses his platform to speak out against social injustices, and these murders were no different. He tweeted, “Even though I believe music heals, nothin can change the fact that Alton Sterling is no longer alive & that those police officers murdered him. I’m praying for his family and I’m praying for justice, although the judicial system has let the people down so many times. We have to stay prayed up and cherish our loved ones…Lord knows they might kill us all. #AltonSterling #BlackLivesMatter.”
T.I. reposted the video of Rosenberg’s rant on the radio and commented, “If u take a neutral position in matters of injustice u have chosen the side of da oppressor #JusticeforAltonSterling.”