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Drake: The Killing of Alton Sterling ‘Left Me Feeling Disheartened, Emotional, and Truly Scared’

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Drake wrote about his response to watching the video of police fatally shooting Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.

In a post to Instagram, the musician described how watching the video left him “feeling disheartened, emotional, and truly scared.” The relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement, Drake added, has not improved.

“No one begins their life as a hashtag,” he wrote, “yet the trend of being reduced to one continues.”

Drake is not the only public figure to respond to the shooting publicly. Read his statement in full below.

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