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Aftermath of Police Shooting in Minnesota Livestreamed on Facebook, Sparks Protests

By Staff



Philando Castile, Facebook

Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, a 31-year old black man who was shot and killed by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota Wednesday, livestreamed the incident on Facebook, which has once again caused national controversy over police-involved killings.

The incident came one day after a black man in Baton Rouge, Louisiana had been shot and killed by police in another officer-involved shooting.

Reynolds broadcast the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook, stating that, although Castile had been carrying a legal weapon, he was shot by an officer as he reached for his driver’s license.

“You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his licence and registration, sir,” Reynolds said in the video to the officer.

Reynold’s daughter, a small child, was also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Hundreds of people have protested in both Louisiana and Minnesota over the shootings, and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has reportedly requested a federal investigation into the matter.

The U.S. Department of Justice is also investigating the Louisiana shooting.

Castile was an “upstanding young man,” Clarence Castile, the victim’s uncle, stated.

In addition, Castile’s uncle labeled the video “the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Visit to view the video of the incident (caution: graphic content) on Facebook, and visit to view the interview with Castile’s family on CNN.