WASHINGTON - Protesting the recent deadly police shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana, demonstrators marched to the White House and the U.S. Capitol Thursday night seeking an end to police brutality.
The rally in the nation's capital began at around 8 p.m. as a large group gathered outside of the White House chanting of “Black lives matter” and “These racist cops have got to go.” The demonstrators would later march to the Capitol to continue their protest.
In a Facebook post, President Barack Obama wrote, "All Americans should be deeply troubled by the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. We've seen such tragedies far too many times, and our hearts go out to the families and communities who've suffered such a painful loss."
Obama, who is currently overseas in Poland for a NATO summit and not in Washington, addressed his frustration with the police shootings of black Americans and other minorities.
"When incidents like this occur, there is a big chunk of our fellow citizenry that feels as if it's because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same," the president said.