Philando Castile / Facebook

Philando Castile / Facebook

Philando Castile, a 32-year-old Falcon Heights, Minnesota man was shot and killed by police.  Castile’s fiancée, Diamond Reynolds, and her young daughter were in the car during the incident. Reynolds livestreamed the aftermath of the shooting as Castile died in the driver’s seat, while wearing a blood stained shirt.

Trigger warning: This video is very graphic and may be disturbing to some.

Reynolds described the entire scene up until her phone died.

“He’s licensed to carry… he was trying to get his license and wallet out of his pocket,” she explained in the video,” and he let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet.”

“I told him not to reach for it! I told him get his hands up!” the police officer could be heard yelling in apparent frustration.

“You shot four bullets into him sir,” Reynolds continued.

Reynolds was handcuffed and placed into the backseat of a police car, where she continued to narrate the scene.

While it is unclear exactly what occurred, since Reynolds only began recording after the lethal shots were fired, if we are to believe Diamond Reynolds’s account of the tragic incident, it certainly proves no actions can protect Black people from police violence. A man reaching for his wallet after being pulled over for a busted tail light did not deserve to die.

Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.

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