US woman livestreams boyfriend's dying moments after police shooting

By AFP
Published: July 7, 2016
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A video of the dying moments of a black man shot by police after being pulled over while driving in the US state of Minnesota went viral Thursday, a day after a video emerged of a similar incident in Louisiana.
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A video of the dying moments of a black man shot by police after being pulled over while driving in the US state of Minnesota went viral Thursday, a day after a video emerged of a similar incident in Louisiana. PHOTO: screengrab

WASHINGTON: A video of the dying moments of a black man shot by police after being pulled over while driving in the US state of Minnesota went viral Thursday, a day after a video emerged of a similar incident in Louisiana.

Police said the man — identified by family and activists as school cafeteria worker Philando Castile, 32 — died late Wednesday after being pulled over while driving in the town of Falcon Heights.

The aftermath of the attack was captured by his girlfriend on her camera phone.

“Oh my God, please don’t tell me he’s dead, please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that… You shot four bullets into him, sir,” the woman, identified on her Facebook page as Lavish Reynolds, is heard saying.

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Castile can be seen in the driver seat, large blood stains spreading through his white shirt. Reynolds was sitting in the front passenger seat. Her young daughter was also traveling in the car.

The shooting took place just one day after police in Louisiana shot dead a black father of five at point-blank range, in a incident being probed by federal investigators.

In the video of the Falcon Heights killing, broadcast on Facebook Live and already viewed more than 1.7 million times, Reynolds says the car was pulled over for a broken tail light. She later says there was also marijuana in the car.

Castile had a legal license to carry a firearm and was reaching for his license and vehicle registration when police shot him, she adds.

Police said the incident was being investigated and a handgun was recovered at the scene.

Castile “was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out of his pocket, and he let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet, and the officer just shot him in his arm. He just shot his arm off,” Reynolds says in the video.

She says the police officer, who has not yet been identified, was “Chinese.”

With Castile moaning and gasping for air, the police officer pointed his gun through the car window.

“Fuck! I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his hands up!” the officer shouted.

For much of the nearly 10-minute video, Reynolds can be heard wailing, off and on camera, as police apparently cast her phone to the side at one point and later handcuffed her, so she could not hold the phone up.

A Facebook page set up by supporters, Justice for Philando Castile, said: “Philando Castile was murdered by police on 7/6/2016. We demand justice!”

In a poignant moment toward the end of the video, Reynolds’s four-year-old daughter can be heard reassuring her deeply distraught mother.

“It’s ok, mommy,” says the girl sweetly. “It’s ok, I’m right here with you.”

Activists said the girl, who witnessed the incident, was just four years old.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • M ATIF KHAN
    Jul 7, 2016 - 3:07PM

    Till the time black people don’t inflict pain on whites, whites will keep butchering them, just like old time, without worrying even for a moment.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jul 7, 2016 - 10:07PM

    This is just too bad. From what the woman says in the video, the black man who was shot and killed did everything correct according to the book. The woman says that he told the police officer that he was racing for his wallet in his back pocket to get his ID and also that he has a gun there. The police officer says that he told him to keep his hands up. It is not clear in this video if the police officer asked him not to reach for his back pocket where the man had his gun too. It is going to be a huge case against the police, for sure.

    It is very tragic incidence and not sure if it was intentional or just because of some confusion in communication. Recommend

  • Xman
    Jul 8, 2016 - 8:47AM

    Today it is blacks, next up are brown skins after Trump comes to power. Recommend

  • brar
    Jul 8, 2016 - 10:07AM

    @M ATIF KHAN: The Police Officer is a Chines ? Sad for the human life lost be it black or white.Recommend

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