And Now, Justin Timberlake Speaks Out on the Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

And Now, Justin Timberlake Speaks Out on the Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

"We must do better," he says.

Published July 7th

Justin Timberlake’s kind of been in hot water recently over his reaction to accusations of cultural appropriation following his initial thoughts on activist Jesse Williams’s speech at the 2016 BET Awards.

While it seems that JT meant no harm in what he was doing, he wanted to make his thoughts clear about the recent police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Taking to Twitter, Timberlake tweeted that he believes police brutality of minorities is systemic and needs to be addressed and fixed.

"This IS systemic. We MUST DO BETTER,” he wrote. “My heart goes out to the families of #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile May they both Rest In Peace.”

Alton Sterling was shot multiple times in his chest after police pinned him down and discovered he had a firearm in the back pocket of his pants. Philando Castile was shot and eventually died after police believed that the identification he was reaching for inside of his car (which they require he brandish) was a firearm. Both cases have raised questions as to whether the men were actually a threat to harm the officers who engaged them.

Check out Justin Timberlake’s post about police-involved shootings over the last 48 hours below.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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