Police Shooting In Minnesota, With No Regards to Children, or Life “We Are Being Hunted”

Photo Credit: Morgue File

Photo Credit: Morgue File

“He let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm,”

On Wednesday, July 6, 2016 Diamond Reynolds and Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, Minnesota were pulled over for an alleged busted tail light, that turned out to not be busted says Diamond Reynolds. Philando Castile was shot 4 times in the arm and his girlfriend captures the aftermath and streams it live on Facebook. Philando Castile apparently told the officer that he had a concealed weapons permit to carry the fire arm. Diamond explains all of this in the video which is below to view. All the stories in the world aren’t enough to describe the horror that went on as a 4 year old was also in the back seat on the scene. Diamond Reynolds sits next to her boyfriend, smart as to stream the incident live on Facebook. She tells her boyfriend Philando to “…stay with her”, asking the officer, “Why did you shoot him? He was getting out his registration and permit.” The officer is shown pointing the gun fixated on Philando the man who was there slumped shot, slowly dying. The officer screams sounding like he is sobbing, he screams;

“F*ck,”I told him not to reach for it, I told him to keep his hands up.” – Shooting Officer

He apparently told the officer he was armed and had a concealed carry permit. The officer was obviously nervous and kept his gun pointed on the bloody body that was clinging to life as we know it. Diamond Reynolds admits they had wed in the car. All this transpired while the 4-year-old was in the back seat of the vehicle. Philando Castile’s mother was interviewed this morning and says her son was a “Law abiding citizen, and did nothing wrong. He tried to abide by the law and got shot by the law. The same people who are supposed to serve and protect.”

“Please don’t tell me this, Lord. Please, Jesus, don’t tell me that he’s gone. Please don’t tell me that he’s gone,” she said. “Please, officer, don’t tell me that you just did this to him. You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”  – Diamond Reynolds

This incident is black and white. St. Anthony police, whose name we do not yet know, said they haven’t had a police shooting in 30 years. Reportedly Sgt. Jon Mangseth, the interim chief of the St. Anthony Police Department, have reported there were two officers present when the shooting occurred, a primary officer responded, who reportedly had more than five years of experience. There was also a backup officer, having both is procedure for the department, which has jurisdiction over Falcon Heights.

Philando Castile was 32 and worked as a supervisor in the kitchen of a elementary school. Philando apparently had no criminal record and have never been to jail, as his girlfriend Diamond screamed over the live stream. His mother Valerie Castile expressed on live interview that she instilled in him the importance of always complying with the law and that they were there to serve and protect them. Castile’s mother and Uncle explain on interview that Philando was completely knowledgeable on how to comply with the police when a situation of being stopped unfolds. That is what he died practicing and believing in. As his mother explains that they were just talking about the night he left her house as him and his sister both have permits to carry. Valerie explains that his sister said she didn’t want to gun because she was scared they would shoot first and ask questions later. Exactly what happened or somewhat. The officer apparently wasn’t branded for the field and got nervous and took an innocent mans life. The officer was reportedly Chinese and heavy set as Diamond blurted out his description on the live Facebook news-feed.

Caution, this video does contain graphic scenes from the on scene incident. 


It seems like a dark cloud hovers over us with the gun violence and police brutality turned murderous. This is the 3rd killing that I have seen in 7 days. I do not like covering these stories but I believe some points mus be taken seriously and pointed out. Protocol seems to be the thing that is lacking in the police actions as of lately. This is one of the most hardest stories I have ever done. Watching the video and hearing the background, the man bleeding slowly dying, the girlfriend trying to keep it together, the officer in the background screaming f*ck,  then the little girl crying saying all she wants to do is “…get her mommy’s purse.” At he end of the video Diamond can not hold her composure anymore as she describes her in the backseat of the police car with her daughter with machine guns pointed on them, she screams, saying “I cant believe you did this to us…” She is heart broken, angry in shock at this point, all the things I am imagining I would be. Diamond Reynolds’ daughter says,

“Its OK, I’m right here with you.”

With the Baton Rouge shooting happening just the day before, citizens, family members and friends gather outside of the Governor of Minnesota Mark Dayton’s  mansion, demanding answers, peace, and justice.

As a mother of two son’s I empathizes and hurt for the mother’s who have lost a son to senseless racial profiling and just being down right either scared of our existence, or not approving of it. While the man laid there life wasting away, his girlfriend was not able to hold or console him. The officer did not check his pulse to see if he was then OK. When we stop caring about human beings as a whole, when we give up what makes us human and what separates humanity from mechanical  or animistic, is indeed the end of our days. As the video ends we hear Diamond Reynolds saying a prayer for her boyfriend Philando Castile.

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