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3 men shot while streaming Facebook Live

A video that started as a casual recording of three friends hanging out is now evidence in a triple shooting.

Police in Norfolk, Virginia say Wednesday the three men in their late 20s were shot just after 6 p.m. Tuesday. One is in critical condition and the other two are “doing better” after being hospitalized for life-threatening injuries, the department says in a news release.

The Facebook Live video shows the three men sitting in a car, smoking and singing along with rap lyrics. After about five and a half minutes, you suddenly hear gunshots and the man recording drops his phone.

More than 30 gunshots ring out before silence. One of the men is later heard begging, “Nah, call the ambulance please.” The video lasts over an hour where viewers can hear police and paramedics responding to the shooting.

The recording made Tuesday evening marks the second time in a week Facebook Live has given users a glimpse into the aftermath of a shooting.

Last week, a Minnesota woman streamed her fiancé’s death, the video beginning after he was shot during a police stop. That video, coupled with video of a Louisiana man’s shooting death by police, prompted nationwide protests.

The Minnesota video also sparked discussion about Facebook and when videos should be taken down from the site, which has more than 1 billion users.

Facebook representatives say they have no intention of taking the video down.

California police release body cam video of deadly Dylan Noble shooting

Fresno police release video Wednesday from a body camera an officer was wearing when he shot an unarmed teenager in June. The video shows police shoot 19-year-old Dylan Noble four times — twice when he refused to stand still and show his hands, and twice when he was bleeding on the ground.

At a news conference, Chief Jerry Dyer acknowledges the video is gruesome, but he says it is important for the public to see. He says he prays it won’t spark violence amid simmering anti-police sentiment in Fresno and elsewhere.

“Tensions are high,” Dyer says. “In some cases we are one spark away from a forest fire. And I pray this video doesn’t serve as that spark… This is not a time to become violent.”

The June 25 video shows officers, who were looking for a man with a rifle, pulling over Dylan Noble, who got out of his truck and walked away from and then toward two officers.

He didn’t comply with commands, and then is heard saying he hates his life. One officer fired twice with a pistol. Noble fell and was shot again on the ground as he moved his arms. An officer fired a fourth shot with a shotgun.

Dyer said officers believed Noble was reaching for a weapon, but it turned out he was holding a small plastic box.

Dyer says he intended to show the video to the media last Friday, but he held off because of the shooting deaths of police in Dallas the night before. He also say the FBI is doing its own investigation into the shooting, and he has yet to conclude if officers used excessive force.

Atlanta teen’s “white privilege” poem goes viral

A Georgia teen’s entry to a school poetry contest has gone viral after the violence that shook the nation last week. 14-year-old Royce Mann says his poem “White Boy Privilege” sends a message to let everyone share the privilege of safety he feels as a white male going to a private school in Atlanta.

“To be honest I am scared of what it would be like if i wasn’t on the top rung, if the tables were turned, and I didn’t have my white boy privilege safety blankie to protect me,” Mann recited at the poetry contest.

“I love it because when I see a police officer, I see someone who’s on my side,” he continues.

More than eight million people have viewed the video across social media and Mann says he has seen his share or attacks and praise over his message. He says he just wants to be truthful.

“Everyone should have the privileges that I have,” Mann recited in the poem. “Everyone’s story should be written so all they have to do is get it read… I get that change can be scary but equality shouldn’t be…”

Mann said he is not asking anyone to give up their dreams.

“I am not asking anyone to give up their quality,” he said. “When you see something that is wrong, that is discrimination, speak up.”

He finished his poem with talking about fear.

“It’s time to let go of that fear,” he recited. “It’s time to take that ladder and turn it into a bridge.”

Mann won the poetry contest held at his school this past Spring semester.

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