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While many across the nation were reeling over the police shooting death of a 37-year-old family man, Alton Sterling, in Baton Rouge Louisiana, no one had to wait long to hear a similar tale again. This time a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb turned deadly when a police officer stopped a black motorist for a busted tail light on Wednesday. Thirty-two-year-old Philando Castile was in a car with his girlfriend and her daughter during that police stop. Castile’s girlfriend, now identified as Diamond Reynolds (and whom her Facebook page identifies her as an Indianapolis native), says police asked Castile for his license and registration and he informed officers he had a firearm and a conceal-and-carry permit. She says when he reached for his license, the officer shot Castile four times. Reynolds used Facebook live to record the aftermath of this deadly incident. Minnesota authorities are investigating and protesters are not taking this lightly. Hundreds of protesters gathered in the overnight hours outside of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s residence in St. Paul. According to several media reports, police evacuated Governor Dayton for his safety. Castile was a school employee.
The graphic Facebook Live video is linked below. Again, THIS VIDEO IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES AND IS DISTURBINGLY GRAPHIC:
UPDATE: Castile’s mother says police in the Minneapolis suburb of Falcon Heights wouldn’t let her see her dying son. Valerie Castile told CNN’s “New Day” she tried to run up to her son Philando Wednesday night after he was shot inside the car he was driving with his girlfriend and her daughter. She says she didn’t get to see him because the cops forced her to stay behind police lines. The victim’s uncle, Clarence Castile, also appeared on the cable network today calling his nephew a good person and said watching him as he was dying was the “most horrific thing” he’s ever seen. His mother stressed that she’d always taught her son to comply with police officers 100 percent of the time and he did, and he still died.
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