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Jesse Williams Calls Out 'Justify-Anything' Americans Who Excuse Police Shootings

04/14/2015 02:24 pm ET | Updated Apr 20, 2015
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In recent years, actor Jesse Williams has been vocal about expressing his frustration surrounding police misconduct and the "criminalization of the black body."

In response to the April 2 death of Eric Harris -- who was fatally shot by a reserve sheriff's deputy as he lay on the ground -- the “Grey's Anatomy" star on Monday took to his Twitter account to outline various points to Americans who constantly use excuses to justify the killing of black people.

The videotaped deaths of Harris, who was shot by reserve sheriff's deputy Robert Bates in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Walter Scott, who was killed by then-police officer Michael T. Slager in Charleston, South Carolina, mark the latest fatal shootings of unarmed black Americans to draw national attention.

In addition to his recent string of tweets, last year Williams questioned the media’s coverage of the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, which then focused on video footage showing Brown involved in strong-arm robbery at a convenience store.

"You'll find that the people doing the oppressing always want to start the narrative at a convenient part, or always want to start the story in the middle," Williams said during an August 2014 interview on CNN. "This started with a kid getting shot and killed and left in the street for four hours."

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