A Minnesota man Shot and Killed by Police during a Traffic Stop

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A Minnesota man is now dead after being shot by an officer four times, while being pulled over for a burned out tail light. According to Philando Castile’s girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, who was in the car with her 4-year old daughter, her boyfriend identified himself and told the officer he was a licensed carrier, and the gun was in the glovebox.  The officer allegedly asked Castile for his license and registration and when Castile reached for his wallet, the officer  immediately began firing at Castile. Reynolds started recording the rest of the incident on Facebook live, as the officer, seeming frantic, argued with her about what just occurred.

The officer is heard yelling, “I told him not to reach for it, I told him to get his hands out.”  Reynolds is heard replying, “you asked him to get his I.D, sir,  his license .”  Reynolds then pans the the video over to Castile, who can be seen covered in blood and convulsing. Reynolds then says,”Please, officer, don’t tell me that you just did this to him.” “Don’t tell me my boyfriend is dead, he just went like that.” The officer then tells Reynolds to keep her hands where they are. Reynolds replies “Yes officer, I am keeping my hands right where they are.” Reynolds was told to exited the vehicle, her cellphone, still recording, shows Reynolds surrounded by several officers who had their guns drawn. One officer was seen holding her 4-year-old daughter who was in the backseat at the time of the shooting.

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Dialog:

The St. Anthony police department says they were aware of a video of the shooting, but  have not seen it.

Officer: ” Ma’am, keep your hands where they are”

Reynolds: I am sir, no worries

Officer: Yells expletive

Reynolds: He just got his arm shot off. We got pulled over on Larpenteur.

Officer: I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his head up!

Reynolds: He had, you told him to get his ID, sir, his drivers license. Please don’t tell me he’s dead

Officer: Expletive

Reynolds: Please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went out like that.

Officer: Keep your hands where they are

Reynolds: Yes I am sir. I will keep my hands where they are. Please don’t tell me he’s gone. Please officer, don’t tell me you just did this to him. You shot four bullets into him sir. He was just getting his license and registration sir.

Other officer: Get the female passenger out of the car.

Reynolds: where’s my daughter?

Reynolds: I got .. the Roseville police got me handcuffed, my phone is about to die. I’m on Larpenteur and Fry, and the Roseville police just shot my boyfriend. They shot him four times. He had a license to carry. We had a busted taillight, and some weed in the car and that is about it.

The St. Anthony police department says they were aware of a video of the shooting, but  have not seen it.

The video has since been taken down from Facebook.

Reynolds and her daughter were taken to the county jail and held overnight, but the reason was not released.

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In a press release, the St. Anthony police department reported ‘shots were fired’ during a traffic stop, Larpenteur ave. and and Fry Street around 9pm. The press release also indicated that a handgun was recovered.

Interim chief, Sgt. Jon Mangseth, said there hasn’t been a police shooting in the city of St. Anthony for more than 30 years, and that he would have to go back into the history books to find one. Mangseth also announced that he was putting the officer involved in the shooting on a standard paid administrative leave. The Minnesota Bureau of criminal Apprehension, is now investigating.

Castile’s mother says her son who was a cafeteria supervisor at J.J Hill Montessori school in St. Paul, and who’d  just turned 33 on Friday, died in the hospital at 11pm Wednesday night.

Twitter exploded as more than 200 protesters began to gather at the scene of the shooting:

(Feature Photo courtesy of minotareanews)

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