This is so devastating. Another black man has been shot and killed by a police officer and most of the incident was captured on shocking live video. The man’s girlfriend filmed him with his shirt bloodied on Facebook live as he lay dying in the car seat next to her.
So horrific! Just 24 hours after Alton Sterling‘s killing, 32-year-old Philando Castile has been shot and killed by St. Anthony, MN police officers in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights during a traffic stop for a broken tail light. He was sitting in the driver’s seat of his car and was licensed to carry a handgun, but police shot him as he was allegedly just reaching for his wallet and I.D..
“We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back,” his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds narrates into her smartphone shortly after the shooting occurred. “And the police just — he’s covered — they just killed my boyfriend,” as she pans over and shows her boyfriend’s white t-shirt drenched in blood while she was streaming the video through Facebook live as people tuned in to watch in horror.
She firmly details that he had license to carry a firearm, and was trying to tell the officer that he was armed. “He was reaching for his wallet,” she says into the phone, “and the officer just shot him in his arm.” She mentions that the officer ended up shooting Philando a terrifying total of four times.
An officer appears at the passenger side window of the car with his weapon pointed at the dying man, yelling “F**k! I told him not to reach for it. I told him to keep his hand open!” in a highly panicked sounding voice. WARNING, THIS VIDEO IS GRAPHIC.
Diamond is eventually ordered out of the car and detained, but the phone is still next to her on the ground and recording as she tearfully repeats the story again: that her boyfriend was only trying to comply with the officer’s commands, that he made the officer aware that he was licensed to carry the pistol that he had on him and that a non-threatening hand movement led to the officer opening fire. To make this incident even more heartbreaking, her four-year-old daughter was in the back seat of the car when the horrific incident went down and is heard in the background crying.
She also says that Philando worked for the St. Paul public schools and had never had any problems with the law. It was later confirmed that he worked as a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul.
The incident comes just one day after Baton Rouge, LA shot and killed Alton outside a convenience store even though he never had a gun in his hands. That case sparked national outrage and Philando’s shooting is sure to add to the outcry. Celebs like John Legend and more have already expressed their shock and disbelief.
HollywoodLifers, are you outraged by this latest police shooting?