Philando Castile, a 32-year-old Minnesota Black man, was driving with his girlfriend and a young child when he was stopped by police for a broken taillight. During the exchange in the town Falcon Heights, the officer shot Castile several times as the girlfriend videotaped the gruesome aftermath.
CBS Minnesota reports:
A 32-year-old man has died after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night in Falcon Heights.
Philando Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, says he died at Hennepin County Medical Center after 11 p.m.
St. Anthony Police said in a press release that officers pulled over a vehicle at Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street at about 9 p.m. They said “shots were fire” during the traffic stop, and a handgun was recovered at the scene. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.
Castile’s family says his girlfriend, Lavisha Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter, Diamond, were in the car at the time. Reynolds was taken into custody Wednesday night.
Ms. Reynolds posted a Facebook video of the exchange, which shows Castile suffering from what is reported by CNN as four or five gunshots. The graphic video has since been taken down by the website, but not before the shocking images went viral.
What is most alarming is that the unnamed officer kept his service weapon drawn on Castile instead of administering first aid to the victim. Reynolds can be heard on the video pleading for Castile to remain alert as possible. The officers eventually handcuffed Reynolds, who could be heard screaming in horror as her daughter tried to comfort her.
Castile’s family says that he held a concealed weapon’s permit and Reynolds claimed he informed the officer. As he went to reach for his wallet, the officer opened fire. The video of the incident has since been reloaded to Facebook, this time with a warning.
This is the second fatal encounter with police this week, this after Louisiana man Alton Sterling was shot and killed two days prior.
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