Black Man Shot Dead by MN Police in Video Live-Streamed to Facebook
As the Department of Justice investigates a police shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, another fatal incident involving a St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer and a black man is also making national headlines.
A woman started a live Facebook video recording Wednesday just after her boyfriend was fatally shot during a traffic stop near Minneapolis-St. Paul.
The shooting occurred in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul.
Diamond Reynolds stated on the video that she was stopped because of a broken taillight.
Her boyfriend, 32-year-old Philando Castile, was in the passenger seat. According to Reynolds, Castile told the officer that he was carrying a legally-owned firearm.
Reynolds said the officer asked Castile to take out his ID, then opened fire, thinking Castile was going for the gun.
“I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his hand off it!" the officer can be heard screaming, as he points his firearm into the vehicle.
"You told him to get his ID, sir," Reynolds answered, as she prayed for her boyfriend.
Castile died after being transported to a hospital.
Castile was a cafeteria worker at a local Montessori school and according to reports, only had traffic offenses on his record.
Gov. Mark Dayton has asked the Justice Department to begin an investigation into the shooting.
— David Montgomery (@dhmontgomery) July 7, 2016
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