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Castile 123rd black killed by police in 2016

ST. PAUL -- Philando Castile is one of a growing number of black Americans killed by police. The Washington Post reports that the 32-year-old St. Paul man was the 123rd black person to be shot and killed by American police this year. He is at lea...

Tyree Johnson, cousin of Philando Castile who was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn., is consoled by one of Castile's co-workers at a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration in front of the governor's mansion in St. Paul on July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Miller
Tyree Johnson, cousin of Philando Castile who was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn., is consoled by one of Castile's co-workers at a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration in front of the governor's mansion in St. Paul on July 7, 2016. (REUTERS/Eric Miller)

ST. PAUL -- Philando Castile is one of a growing number of black Americans killed by police.

The Washington Post reports that the 32-year-old St. Paul man was the 123rd black person to be shot and killed by American police this year. He is at least the 506th person to die in police shootings in 2016.

The Post says that 10 percent of black Americans shot and killed by police were not armed, while 61 percent had guns. Police said a gun was found at the scene of the Wednesday night Castile shooting and his girlfriend said he had a permit to carry a pistol.

Castile's death came after the November death of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man shot by a white Minneapolis police officer.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced in June that no one would be charged in the Clark death because two officers at the scene thought Clark was trying to grab one of their guns. The federal Justice Department also declined to press civil rights charges against the officers.

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The Castile shooting came hours after the U.S. Justice Department said it had opened an investigation into two police officers fatally shooting a black man in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday. On Thursday, a U.S. Justice Department spokesman said the agency was aware of the Minnesota case and is "assessing the situation."

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he wants a federal investigation.

The use of force by law enforcement against black men in cities from Ferguson, Mo., to Baltimore and New York has come under heavy scrutiny.

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