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12/05/2014 02:41 pm ET Updated Dec 05, 2014

Gabrielle Union: Lack Of Compassion About Eric Garner Makes Me Fear For My Family

There's a lot to complain about in the way the justice system has handled the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, but Gabrielle Union's chief concern is the lack of compassion in the response to it all.

When Union spoke with HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill on Thursday about her new film "Top Five," she also offered a frank explanation of why she's hurt by the way America is discussing race, justice and police brutality:

You have to have a complete lack of humanity to not at least acknowledge that there's a whole chunk of our country and the world that experiences life and all that it has to offer differently. Have compassion for the pain. Have compassion for that difference. Have compassion that a man has lost his life after pleading repeatedly -- 11 times -- 'I cannot breathe.' We watched a snuff film.

That lack of compassion is not just unsettling to Union -- it makes her very afraid, she said.

"That is what makes me shake and what makes me fear for the future of my family any time one of my loved ones leaves the house," she said.

See Union's powerful take in the video above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation.

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