Editor’s Note: There is no excuse for this butchery.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
by Andrew Emett
Falcon Heights, MN – Moments after a St. Anthony cop abruptly shot her boyfriend to death in front of her 4-year-old daughter, Diamond Reynolds live-streamed a video on Facebook depicting her dying boyfriend drenched in blood and sitting beside her. According to recent reports, Reynolds’ daughter was inside the car when the cop opened fire.
“Stay with me,” Reynolds told her boyfriend at the beginning of the video before speaking directly to the camera. “We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back and he’s covered… They killed my boyfriend. He’s licensed to carry. He was trying to get out his ID and 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. We’re waiting for—”
“Ma’am, keep your hands where they are!” a St. Anthony police officer interrupted her.
“I am, sir,” Reynolds calmly responded. “No worries. I will.”
“Fuck!” the cop shouted while continuing to point his gun inside the car.
“He just got his arm shot off. We got pulled over on Larpenteur,” Reynolds explained.
“I told him not to reach for it!” the officer screamed at her in panic. “I told him to get his hand up!”
“He had, you told him to get his ID, sir, his driver’s license,” Reynolds responded. “Oh my God, please don’t tell me he’s dead.”
“Fuck,” the officer whispered.
“Please, don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that,” Reynolds pleaded.
“Keep your hands where they are,” the cop ordered.
“Yes, I will, sir. I will keep my hands where they are,” Reynolds complied while continuing to live-stream the aftermath of the police shooting. “Please, don’t tell me that he’s gone. Please, don’t tell me that he’s gone. Please, officer, don’t tell me that you just did this to him. You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”
“Get the female passenger out!” the officer commanded.
As Reynolds followed orders at gunpoint, an officer could be seen in the background holding her 4-year-old daughter. After a cop placed her in handcuffs, Reynolds exclaimed, “They threw my phone, Facebook!”
According to Reynolds, the police pulled them over for a broken tail light and callously shot her boyfriend, Philando Castile, to death after he told the officers that he had a firearm and a conceal-and-carry permit. Reynold’s 4-year-old daughter was reportedly sitting in the backseat when the officer fired at least four bullets into Castile’s arm and chest.
“Please, don’t tell me my boyfriend’s gone,” Reynolds pleaded while sitting in the backseat of a patrol car with her young daughter. “He don’t deserve this, please. He works for St. Paul Public Schools. He’s never been in jail, anything. He’s not a gang member, anything.”
Although the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has launched an investigation into the recent shooting, over 100 people gathered at the crime scene last night demanding to know why Castile was shot to death over a broken tail light. Castile would have turned 33 on Friday.
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