Philando Castile’s grieving girlfriend Diamond Reynolds spoke out to ‘Good Morning America’ in a live interview, and insisted again that Philando never reached for his gun during the traffic stop that ended in his death. Click through to watch.
Diamond Reynolds gave a tearful, but powerful interview to Good Morning America on July 11, speaking passionately about the shooting death of her boyfriend, Philando Castile. Philando, 32, was fatally shot multiple times by a police officer in Minnesota who had pulled the couple over for a broken tail light, when the officer mistakenly thought he was reaching for a gun. Diamond stood strong in her interview, and insisted that Philando never took out a gun during the altercation. Click through to watch her full interview.
Diamond sat down with George Stephanopoulos on GMA and dispelled the belief that Officer Jeronimo Yanez somehow thought he was being threatened by Philando when he was complying with an order to get out his license and registration. Officer Yanez shot Philando four times, claiming he was reaching for a gun. George told Diamond that the police department was arguing that Philanders death was not a race issue, but about the presence of a gun.
“I’m appalled that they would even say that. The officer didn’t take proper procedure, so the fact that they’re stating they had probable cause is absolutely incorrect,” Diamond told George, wiping away tears. He pressed on, asking her if Philando’s gun ever came out during the traffic stop.
“No, absolutely not. [Philando] was never even asked if he was armed or anything. We told [the officer]. [Philando] told him,” she explained. “Never. It was…it never came out. It would never be a threat, [the officer] didn’t ask about it, he didn’t know it was on his person. He came to the car and said it was for a tail light, and asked for license and registration. That was it, that was all.”
“I was able to remain calm because I knew in the back of my mind that if anything was to alarm the officer, he possibly could have took me, and maybe even my daughter,” Diamond tearfully told George. “What made me record the video was God telling me, ‘It’s your word over theirs,’ and I just wanted the justice.”
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