This is so devastating. There are more chilling details revealed after the shooting of Philando Castile in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. This time, it’s his fiancée speaking out about what really happened after police shot and killed him.
Just 24 hours after Alton Sterling‘s killing, Philando Castile, 32, was shot and killed by St. Anthony, MN police officers in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. Now his fiancée, Diamond Reynolds, who narrated exactly what happened into her smartphone, is revealing that the cops kept her prisoner for hours following the shooting in a 20-minute speech, surrounded by a crowd of supporters.
When she was ordered out of the car and detained, Diamond was taken into custody Wednesday after the 9 PM shooting of her fiancé. She was not released until 5 AM Thursday. After police held her for hours before releasing her, in a 20-minute speech Diamond says police treated her “like a prisoner,” according to Daily Mail, who obtained the full transcript.
As she demands peace in the video, she says, “My daughter will be forever scarred by what the police of Falcon Heights did to us.” She goes on to tell the crowd around her that police failed to mention to her that Philando was dead until 3 AM, even though they knew he was dead when they took him from the scene.
“They put me in a room and separated me from my child. They treated me like a prisoner. They treated me like I did this to me. And I didn’t. They did this to us. They took a black man away,” she reveals.
Surrounded by supporters, she tells them about her “loving” fiancé. “He worked for St. Paul public schools, he never had a criminal record. He never did anything, no gang affiliated, nothing, he was a hard working man, his birthday was in nine days. They took him nine days before his birthday. It’s not fair and it’s not right,” she continues. You could even hear people in the background revealing that the kids Philando worked with, “love him.”
In the video she identifies herself as “the one who recorded the video,” and retells the chilling story of being pulled over for a “busted tail light that was not busted.” During her speech her voice shakes as she cries while screaming, “They took his life for no reason. They did this to my daughter and they did it to me and I wanted justice!” Right after, apologies and chants praising her words from the crowd of people around her can be heard.
Diamond continues to tell more details and then calls on the community to unite together, “to not let these people take us away from our families.”
“She claimed the police would tamper with evidence after taking her off the scene, making sure she was not able to speak to anybody until she was dropped off at her doorstep at 5 AM,” the site reports. Upon releasing Diamond, the cops kept her phone and her car for evidence.
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