July 7th, 2016
A woman live-streamed the bloody aftermath of a police shooting in Falcon Heights, Minnesota last night which killed her boyfriend, 32-year-old Philando Castile.
The distressing footage, filmed by Lavisha Reynolds and streamed on Facebook, beings immediately after a Roseville, Minnesota police officer had fired several shots into Castile. He can be seen slumped in the seat next to his girlfriend, blood seeping through his white t-shirt. Reynolds is only able to keep talking as he bleeds out.
“Stay with me!” she begins. “We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back.” She says that he was carrying a firearm that he was licensed to carry, and that as he reached for his wallet to show the officer his ID, the officer shot him.
The officer can be heard yelling, while still pointing a gun at Reynolds. Her young daughter is in the back seat. On the video Reynolds can also be heard saying that there was a small amount of marijuana in the car—something that may be used to prejudice the public image of the victim.
The video has been viewed 2.6 million times and counting since last night.
Castile was a cafeteria supervisor at a school. He was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died at 9:37 pm last night, a few minutes after arriving.
Local police confirmed the incident took place, and protestors gathered both at the scene and at the residence of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.
Taking place immediately after the filmed police killing of 37-year-old Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, the new tragedy is further fueling outrage against the frequent killings of black men by cops.