Black Man Killed At Traffic Stop By Minnesota Cop (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man, was shot and killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on July 5. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live streamed a video (below) of what happened immediately following the shooting.

Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter were in the vehicle when the officer shot Castile who was in the front passenger seat, notes CBS Minnesota.

Reynolds calmly explains in the video

We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back. And the police, he's covered, they killed my boyfriend. He's licensed to carry. He was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out of his pocket and he let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet.

The officer points a gun at Reynolds, curses, and yells at her to keep her hands up.

"I told him not to reach for it!" the officer screams. "I told him to get his hands up!"

"You told him to get his ID, sir, his driver's license," Reynolds calmly replies. "Oh my God, please don't tell me he's dead. Please don't tell me my boyfriend just went like that."

The cop yells again at Reynolds to keep her hands where they are. He continues to point his gun at her, but does not administer aid to Castile, who is dying.

Reynolds, who live-streamed the video to her Facebook page, said that the officer shot Castile four times.

More officers arrive on the scene with guns pulled and demand that Reynolds get out of the car.

She obeys their commands and is handcuffed on a sidewalk while still live streaming the incident.

The officers, who were prepared to shoot Reynolds, tell her that she is being detained.

Reynolds begins wailing over Castile, and praying that he is not dead.

Castile's family members said that he died at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

"My nephew was killed by the police" without doing anything wrong, Castile’s uncle, Clarence Castile, said, notes the Star Tribune.

"They killed my son," Valerie Castile, the young man's mother, said. "They took a good man, a hard-working man; he worked since he was 18 years old."

"They killed my brother," Castile's unidentified sister added. "They held a gun on him while he was hurting, and did nothing to help him."

"[Castile] a black individual driving in Falcon Heights who was immediately criminally profiled and he lost his life over it tonight," Castile's cousin Antonio Johnson stated.

According to St. Anthony interim Police Chief Sgt. Jon Mangseth, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is going to investigate the shooting.


Sources: CBS Minnesota, Star Tribune / Photo credit: Diamond "Lavish" Reynolds/Facebook via YouTube

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