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Legend leads stars’ response to US shootings

Oscar-winning singer John Legend has called for
“peace” after five Dallas police officers were killed
and six wounded by sniper fire, during protests
against police shooting of black men.
“Being against cops killing is not equal to being
for killing cops. We need peace in our streets,” he
Legend won the only Oscar for Martin Luther King
film Selma, for co-writing its song Glory.
Stars including Beyonce and Jay-Z have reacted
to the shootings.
Legend added: “These Dallas shootings are
horrific. Killing these officers is morally
reprehensible and completely counterproductive to
keeping us safe.
Gunfire broke out at around 20:45 local time on
Thursday (01:45 GMT Friday) as demonstrators
marched through Dallas in one of several protests
in the US over the police use of lethal force
against African Americans.
Philando Castile was shot dead at a traffic stop in
St Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday, while Alton
Sterling was killed by police a day earlier in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana. Both incidents were captured
on video, reigniting what has become a national
Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette added her
voice, saying: “Just heard about shootings in
Dallas Please everyone stop killing each other- no
more guns. No more violence. No more murder.
Michael Moore, who directed the Oscar-winning
Bowling For Columbine, a documentary about the
1999 Columbine High School massacre which
explores US gun culture, tweeted that US
President Obama’s presence was needed.
Cynthia Erivo, who won a Tony for her portrayal of
Celie in Broadway’s The Color Purple, tweeted a
prayer: “Dear Lord I ask you to take this world in
your arms and brush it with love and peace and
understanding. It’s gone too far.”
US actor and comic Kevin Hart added: “Peace is
the message… An eye for an eye leaves
everybody blind.”
Before recent events in Dallas, music power
couple Jay Z and Beyonce reacted to the police
shootings of black men in America, with Jay Z
releasing a new song, Spiritual, on his streaming
service Tidal on Friday.
He also released a statement, saying: “I’m
saddened and disappointed in THIS America – we
should be further along. WE ARE NOT.”
He also sent blessings to the families of those
who “lost loved ones to police brutality”.
Singer Beyonce held a minute’s silence at her gig
in Glasgow on Thursday night for the two
shooting victims.
She also put Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s
names on a big screen while pleading for an end
to the “war on minorities” in the US.
Canadian rapper Drake said, on Instagram, it was
“impossible to ignore that the relationship
between black and brown communities and law
enforcement remains as strained as it was
decades ago”.
He added: “No one begins their life as a hashtag.
Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues.”
Musician Justin Timberlake added his voice,
tweeting: “This IS systemic. We MUST DO
BETTER. My heart goes out to the families of
#AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile May they
both Rest In Peace.”
Katy Perry linked to video of Alton Sterling being
shot, saying: “You can’t just go on with your day,
you must watch this & we must face this continual
outrageousness #ALTONSTERLING.”

Source: BBC

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