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Girlfriend Records Philando Castile Killed by Police

Another Black Man Was Killed by Police and His Girlfriend Live Streamed It on Facebook

Philando Castile, age 32. That's the name of a black man who was shot and killed by police Wednesday after he and his girlfriend were pulled over in Falcon Heights, MN, for a broken taillight while his girlfriend's young daughter watched from the back of the car, according to reports.

His girlfriend, identified as Diamond Reynolds, apparently recorded the aftermath of the shooting and streamed it using Facebook's Live feature. You can see a video of her recording here, but it is incredibly graphic, showing footage of Castile slumped over with blood soaking through his white shirt as he suffers through some of the last minutes of his life.

In the video, you can hear Reynolds saying that Castile was reaching for his ID and wallet from his pocket when he was shot multiple times. "Police shot him for no apparent reason, no reason at all," she said, adding that Castile had a license to carry a gun and notified the officer that he had his weapon on him. "I told him not to reach for it; I told him to get his hands out!" the officer can be heard shouting.

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Here's more about what we know so far about the Castile and incident, including that he was a supervisor at a local school cafeteria and beloved by the school community.












In a statement on Thursday, the police department said that "a St. Anthony police officer effected a traffic stop on Larpenteur and Fry in the city of Falcon Heights, Minnesota. During the stop, shots were fired. One adult male was taken to the hospital. We have been informed that this individual is deceased," according to ABC.

This is the second police shooting of a black man that is going viral in less than two days. On Tuesday, Alton Sterling was killed by police as he stood outside a convenience store selling CDs, prompting widespread outrage and protests.


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