Philando Castile was tragically shot and killed by police in Minnesota, and his girlfriend streamed the aftermath from the passenger seat on Facebook Live. Here’s everything you need to know about the Montessori school official who lost his life.
Philando Castile was killed at the age of 32, during an awful police-involved shooting on July 6. He was a devoted boyfriend and hard worker who loved his job in the education system — read on to learn more about Philando’s career, personal life and shocking death.
1. Castile worked at a Montessori school.
Castile’s uncle, Clarence Castile, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that his nephew worked as a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul, MN. Before that, he reportedly worked as a nutrition services assistant at Chelsea Heights Elementary School and Washington Technology Magnet School. In Aug. 2014, Castile was promoted to a nutrition services supervisor at J.J. Hill.
2. He was dating Lavish “Diamond” Reynolds at the time of his death.
Lavish and her four-year-old daughter were in the car with Castile when he was killed, and the woman streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live, providing a heartbreaking commentary. “We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back,” she narrates into her phone immediately after the shooting. “And the police just — he’s covered — they just killed my boyfriend,” she gasps, showing her boyfriend’s white t-shirt drenched in blood. Just awful.
3. Castile was shot multiple times after being pulled over for a broken tail light.
Castile was pulled over for a broken rear light. He reportedly told the police officer that he was carrying a concealed weapon, and was licensed to do so. Lavish says in the video that the officer “asked him for license and registration. He told him that it was in his wallet, but he had a pistol on him because he’s licensed to carry. The officer said, ‘don’t move’. As he was putting his hands back up, the officer shot him in the arm four or five times”.
4. Protests broke out after Castile’s death, and celebrities expressed outrage.
By 12:30 AM, more than 200 protestors had gathered at the scene as news spread. Protestors also gathered outside the Minnesota governor’s mansion, where they demanded Governor Mark Dayton make a statement, and they chanted Castile’s name. Dayton made this statement the following morning: “My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends. On behalf of all decent minded Minnesotans, we are shocked and horrified by what occurred last night. This kind of behavior is unacceptable. It is not the norm in Minnesota. I promise … to see that this matter is brought to justice and all avenues are pursued and do a complete investigation. Justice will be served in Minnesota.”
5. Political officials have expressed the need for a call to action following the shooting.
U.S. Representative Betty McCollum has called for a federal Justice Department investigation, as did U.S. Senator Al Franken, who said he is “horrified that we are forced to confront yet another death of a young African-American man at the hands of law enforcement”. U.S. Representative Keith Ellison has also spoken out about the injustice of the event.
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