Up front warning, this video is graphic. It was shot by the man’s girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds as the tragedy unfolded in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Wednesday night, Ms. Reynolds was driving with her 4-year-old daughter in the back seat, when the police pulled the family over for a broken tail light.
As the police approached the vehicle, the driver — Philando Castile, 32 — told the officer that he had a weapon in the car for which he was licensed to carry. The officer asked for his ID and, when the man reached into his back pocket for it, the officer shot him four times. Even after shooting Castile, who is obviously unable to move, the cop holds his gun on him.
Ms. Reynolds, whose calm in this situation is amazing, shared her video live on Facebook. The video, which is graphic picks up after her boyfriend is shot. He is lying back in his seat, the right side of his white shirt bloody. At one point, Ms. Reynolds says:
Please don’t tell me my boyfriend’s gone. He don’t deserve this, please. He works for St. Paul Public Schools. He’s never been in jail, anything. He’s not a gang member, anything.
Sadly, he died in the hospital. According to Jennifer Mayerle of WCCO-TV:
— Jennifer Mayerle (@jennifermayerle) July 7, 2016
The news on Wednesday about a Louisiana man’s death being investigated by the Dept. of Justice drives the point home. It’s happened again. Another black man has been shot, on camera, and for no reason.
How many times must we hear these words? How many times must we be subjected to seeing unarmed young black men shot, either in cars or on streets. At home. At the store… it doesn’t seem to matter where they are, just their presence is enough to make them suspect. It’s horrifying and unfair.
We cannot imagine how they are feeling tonight. We can only extend our sympathies and acknowledge the rage and helplessness. Our prayers go out for this young man’s family and for the woman and child who had to watch him be killed.
We who are not people of color can only say how sorry we are. We have no idea what it’s like to be a black man driving a car or to be the mother or son of yet another shooting victim. But, by all the gods and men, we want it to stop. We want it to STOP.
The police showed no such sympathy for the family. Reynolds is reportedly behind bars having been arrested at the scene for an undisclosed reason.
The video has been shared by DeMarko Gage on Twitter. Please know that it is graphic.
— DeMarko Gage 🙂 (@DeMarko_Gage) July 7, 2016
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