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Zuckerberg: Police shooting videos highlight fear felt by millions

Facebook CEO says videos underscore importance of coming together in a "more open and connected world."

James Martin/CNET

The videos posted to social media of two black men being shot to death by police this week underscore the fear felt by millions of people, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says.

"The images we've seen this week are graphic and heartbreaking, and they shine a light on the fear that millions of members of our community live with every day," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post Thursday evening.

Zuckerberg's comments come amid reignited tensions over violence toward African Americans by law enforcement in the aftermath of a police shooting of a Minnesota driver that was live-streamed on Facebook by his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds. Zuckerberg went on to express his condolences for the family of 32-year-old Philando Castile, who was killed Wednesday night.

"While I hope we never have to see another video like Diamond's, it reminds us why coming together to build a more open and connected world is so important -- and how far we still have to go," he wrote.

A similar video posted to social media showed the shooting death by police of street vendor Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.