While people are still reeling over the shooting of Alton Sterling, another man was shot and killed by police yesterday (July 6) evening. Philando Castile, 32, was shot by police in Falcon Heights — a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota near Minneapolis— when he and his girlfriend Lavish Reynolds were pulled over for a broken taillight.
CNN reports the aftermath of the shooting was live-streamed on Facebook by Reynolds, as their young daughter sat in the backseat. The video is extremely graphic. In it, Castile is slumped over in the seat, bleeding profusely through his white t-shirt as his girlfriend records what’s happening.
In the video, Reynolds narrates the ordeal. She says that once the car was pulled over, officers asked Castile for his license and registration.
“He told him that it was in his wallet, but he had a pistol on him because he’s licensed to carry,” she says in the video. “The officer said don’t move. As he was putting his hands back up, the officer shot him in the arm four or five times.”
A uniformed officer is visible in the video holding a pistol that’s directed at the couple outside of the car. Their young daughter is in the backseat of the car, though not immediately visible at that time.
“I told him not to reach for it. I told him to get his hand out,” the officer says.
The video then goes to Reynolds being ordered out of the car by several police officers, one of whom is holding her young daughter. Reynolds is put on her knees, handcuffed and led to the back of a squad car.
“Please don’t tell me my boyfriend’s gone,” she pleads as she’s handcuffed. “He don’t deserve this, please. He works for St. Paul Public Schools. He’s never been in jail, anything. He’s not a gang member, anything.”
Castile was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He’s since been announced dead, WCCO Minnesota reports. Castile would’ve turned 33 this coming Friday.
According to WCCO television, Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, said Philando Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor at J.J Hill Montessori School in St. Paul.
“This was a GOOD MAN,” a parent of a child at the school wrote on Facebook, saying that Castile snuck extra graham crackers to children and hugged a borderline autistic child every day. He “pushed extra food in them like a grandma” and took care to know every single child’s name. Philando’s uncle, Clarence Castile, said his nephew worked at the school for 12 to 15 years and describe him as a good kid.
The New York Times reports that by early Thursday (July 7), protesters had streamed to the governor’s mansion in St. Paul, demanding action from Gov. Mark Dayton. Videos posted to Twitter showed people shouting “Wake up,” and “No justice, no peace, prosecute the police.”
Another day, another hashtag. You didn't deserve this, brother. You didn't deserve this. #PhilandoCastile
— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) July 7, 2016
— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) July 7, 2016
*BREAKING*: my heart. #PhilandoCastile
— Anika Noni Rose (@AnikaNoniRose) July 7, 2016