Wednesday evening [July 6], nearly 48 hours after the shooting death of Alton Sterling, a traffic stop turned into a deadly encounter after a Falcon Heights, Minnesota police officer opened fire on an African-American motorist.
According to the St. Anthony Police Department the victim, 32-year old Philando Castile, has been confirmed as deceased, with Castile’s family confirming he passed away at around 11 p.m. local time at Hennepin County Medical Center.
When the vehicle was pulled over, Castile was in the car with his girlfriend, Lavisha Reynolds, along with her four-year old daughter.
Presumably moments after Philando was shot, Reynolds pulled out her cellphone and began recording the aftermath of the incident, in a live broadcast that began circulating around Facebook quickly.
In her video, Reynolds explains they were pulled over for a broken taillight. The officer asked Castile, the driver, for his license and registration. Reynolds explains her boyfriend explained to the officer he had a firearm along with a conceal and carry permit and he was only reaching for his wallet.
As he reached for the wallet, Philando Castile was shot four times.
“Oh my God, please don’t tell me he’s dead,” Reynolds can be heard saying as she pans the phone across Castile’s bloodied body. “Please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that.”
Eventually, Reynolds is called out of the car with officers awaiting her with their guns drawn, shouting for her to walk backwards while her daughter is held off.
Within hours, a crowd began to gather at the sight of the shooting, while at the Governor’s Mansion, protestors stood together, chanting “Philando Castile.”
People are now standing on Larpenteur Ave. They're trying to block the tow truck that has the car pic.twitter.com/nyQRJdymox
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