Sanders calls for criminal justice reform after police shootings
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersChamber of Commerce argues against Democratic proposals for financial transaction taxes Top Sanders adviser: 'He is a little bit angry' Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday called for criminal justice reform in the aftermath of two fatal police-involved shootings of black men in recent days.

"The violence that killed Alton Sterling and Philando Castile has become an all too common occurrence for people of color and IT. MUST. STOP," Sanders tweeted Thursday.

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Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police early Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge, La.

Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer in suburban Minneapolis on Wednesday after he was pulled over for a traffic stop. The shooting sparked protests in Minnesota.

"We need real criminal justice reform so that people can walk down the street without worrying about whether they'll get harassed or shot," Sanders said.

"As South Carolina Rep. Wendell Gilliard proclaimed: 'Enough is enough of our police officers targeting people of color.'"