Police Shooting of Philando Castile Sparks Protests
Demonstrators chanted Philando Castile's name and demanded justice
Protesters descended on the Minnesota governor’s mansion early on Thursday as news spread that a police officer fatally shot a man hours earlier during a traffic stop.
“Philando Castile! Philando Castile! Philando Castile!” they chanted, shouting the name of the 32-year-old black man shot in a car in Falcon Heights, a suburb of Minnesota’s capital. He later died in a hospital, his family has said.
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“No justice, no peace! Prosecute police!” crowds chanted in videos posted on social media.
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The anger swelled after a video live-streamed on Facebook showed the devastating moments after the shooting. Diamond Reynolds, a woman identified by Castile’s family as his girlfriend, apparently took the video from the passenger’s seat of the vehicle where the shooting took place. As events unfolded, she narrated what she said happened.
“We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back,” Reynolds said. “He’s licensed to carry,” she continued. “He was trying to get out his ID in his wallet out his pocket, and 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.”
The officer can be heard swearing and shouting in the clip, which continued broadcasting the events for nearly 10 minutes. “I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his hand off it!” the officer yelled. Reynolds responds: “You told him to get his ID sir, his driver’s license.”
President of the Minneapolis NAACP, Nekima Levy-Pounds, tweeted that demonstrators early on Thursday were demanding that Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton wake up and make a statement. Hours later, around 6:30 a.m. local time, Levy-Pounds said protesters remained outside his residence.
Wednesday’s shooting marks the second time this week that a police officer shot a black man and the incident was captured on video. On Tuesday, police officers shot and killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, sparking protests.
We are still here at the Gov's Mansion. #Justice4Philando
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