Thursday, July 7, 2016

Minnesota: Fatal Police Shooting Livestreamed On Facebook As Victim Lay Dying

Yet another deeply disturbing, violent death of an African-American male by police today.

This shooting occurred in St. Anthony, Minnesota, at a traffic stop for a broken tail light.

From USA Today:

St. Anthony interim Police Chief Jon Mangseth said Philando Castile, 32, was fatally shot during a traffic stop at about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Diamond Reynolds said she and her 4-year-old daughter were in the car. She livestreamed the immediate aftermath of the shooting, which showed Castile bleeding and dazed while the officer continues to point his gun, so that "the people can determine who was right and who was wrong," she said.

Gov. Mark Dayton expressed condolences to Castile's family and asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the shooting. FBI Director James Comey said he expects federal authorities to investigate the case.

Mr. Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, told reporters later that she had taught her son to be extremely cautious when encountering members of law enforcement. “If you get stopped by the police, comply,” Ms. Castile said. “Comply, comply, comply.”

The video streamed by Reynolds is below. Be aware it is graphic in nature.

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