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Black Lives Matter vigil in Tucson Saturday

Posted at 10:25 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 01:31:33-04

Words of anger, confusion and pain rang out in downtown Tucson on Saturday night. Hundreds of people come together in solidarity to remember the lives of two men shot and killed by police this week.

Tucson's Black Lives Matter chapter paid tribute to Alton Sterling who was shot and killed by a police officer in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile who shot and killed by an officer during a traffic stop near Minneapolis.
 
Guests tonight said the violence is something that doesn't seem to end.
 
"It was the same reactions I had all the other times," said Johny Silvercloud. "It's similar to PTSD. It's the same psychological trauma inflicted over and over again. Reliving the same traumatic event over and over again."
 
A problem many people say is simply about race.
 
"They are more likely to inflict harm upon black folks, deem us as a threat no matter if we're sagging our pants or wearing nice stuff like this and they're gonna kill us."
 
The recent shootings strengthening the divide between law enforcement and some members of the black community.  
 
"Their lives were lost due to excessive force," said Iris. "Excessive force for people of color, specifically black men, women and children. Just in the first six months of the year has been more excessive than all of 2015."
 
But black lives aren't the only target. Five police officers were killed and 7 others injured after being gunned down with a sniper rifle in Dallas. That shooting happened during a Black Lives Matter rally Thursday night. 
 
The man behind the gun was black. 25-year-old Micah Johnson was killed later that night by a police bomb. 
The shooting stands as the deadliest attack on police since September 11, 2001.