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Don't understand #BlackLivesMatter? See how police treat white protesters.

After peaceful protests over the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore were interrupted by rioting and violence, the city implemented a 10 p.m. curfew to keep its citizens safe.

Don't understand #BlackLivesMatter? See how police treat white protesters.

Video footage captured during that time shows how police interacted with white vs. black protesters who were out past curfew. And it isn't pretty.

On May 2, 2015, police officers asked a group of white protesters to go home after curfew.

According to the captions on the video, shot by activist DeRay McKesson, this was the third time the police officers had asked this group to go home.



Now, compare that thoughtful, reasonable, downright compassionate response to how Baltimore police "asked" this peaceful protester to obey the curfew that same evening.

Trigger warning: this video contains police violence (pepper spraying).

In case you can't (or don't want to) watch, let me summarize: Pepper sprayed. Hair pulled to the ground. Handcuffed. Dragged through the street.

The protester was unarmed and not aggressive. So why the force?

Maybe a side-by-side comparison will help:


There's just no logical reason for the difference in treatment and excessive force.

This tweet from activist Miss Packnett sums up the issue quite poetically:

Baltimore has a long history of police brutality against black residents, but the contrast here speaks directly to the frustrations black people are experiencing all across the nation and why so many have taken to the streets in protest: unfair, often violent treatment at the hands of the police. Plain and simple.

There is an overwhelming need for police reform in the United States.

But if anything is going to change, we need to see it for what it is and acknowledge the egregious bias and inhuman treatment that far too many Americans are experiencing at the hands of police.

Have some friends who don't believe racism and police brutality are real problems? Pass along this obvious example. And drop the mic.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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