Shot: Castile can be seen murmuring at the start of the video. According to Reynolds he told the cop he had a permit to carry a firearm when he reached for his license – but the cop shot anyway
Lavish Reynolds live-streamed the aftermath of her boyfriend’s shootingPhilando Castile was shot at 9pm during a traffic stop in MinnesotaReynolds claims that he was reaching for a license and ID.And she says he told the cop he had a license to carry a weapon.But she claims the ‘Chinese police officer’ shot him four times in the arm.The cop – audibly panicky – swears and tells her not to move several times.Castile appears to lose consciousness partway through the video.Police have confirmed that he died in hospital.Crowds of protesters have formed outside Minnesota Governor’s house
The cop is from the St. Anthony Police Department in Falcon Heights.He has not been identified and has been placed on paid leave
Hundreds of people have descended on the Governor of Minnesota’s house to protest the police shooting of a black man after his girlfriend live-streamed his death on Facebook.The shocking footage of the aftermath of the shooting in Falcon Heights, Saint Paul, Minnesota, went viral on Wednesday night.In the video, Lavish Reynolds tells viewers that she and her boyfriend, Philando Castile, 32, were pulled over for a busted tail light by a ‘Chinese police officer’.She claims the cop, from the St. Anthony Police Department in Falcon Heights, asked Castile, a cafeteria supervisor at a school in St Paul, to show his license, but then shot him four times while he reached for it. As she talks, she moves the camera across to show Castile, bloody and losing consciousness, and the cop – still pointing his gun, as her young daughter sits in the back seat.The police officer, who is yet to be identified, been placed on paid leave.
Cop: The officer, audibly panicky and afraid, continues to point his gun at Castile, and at one point screams ‘I told him not to reach for it!’ Reynolds remains calm as she confronts him: ‘You told him to get his ID, sir’
Soon after the incident the hashtag #WhereIsLavishReynolds began trending on social media. It has been used more than 40,000 times, often accompanied by appeals urging people to deluge police with calls to find out the answer, before Reynolds was released on Thursday morning.
On leaving police custody, Reynolds was met by dozens of reporters and supporters and immediately launched into an emotional attack on the police’s actions. “They took his life for no reason. They did it to my daughter and they did it to me and I want justice and I want peace,” she said in remarks that were also streamed live on social media. Reynolds added that while in custody she had been separated from her child and had been given no food or water.
During her earlier Facebook Live video the day before, Reynolds had filmed herself calmly talking to an officer who was pointing his gun into the car after fatally wounding Castile – who can be seen still conscious, and appealing for medical help, in the driver’s seat.
Reynolds is seen telling the policeman that Castile had been reaching for his driving licence and registration rather than a weapon. Later Reynolds continued filming as other police trained their weapons at her and made her kneel on the pavement before she and her daughter were put in the back of a police car.
The live streaming of events carried on as Reynolds waited to be driven away. At one point she said: “The police just shot my boyfriend for no apparent reason.” Explaining that her phone battery was about to go flat she appealed for people who knew her to come and collect her after the police released her.
The incident, which follows protests about the death of another black man Alton Sterling who was shot dead by officers in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, has further ignited debate about the killing of African-Americans by US police.
The hashtag #WhereIsLavishReynolds appears to have been started by Leslie Mac, who describes herself as founder of the the Ferguson Response Network and who has a record of activism in the
Black Lives Matter movement.
The hashtag, which expresses the suspicion that Reynolds and her daughter would not be safe while in police custody, was rapidly taken up. Many used it not only to protest about the treatment of the mother and daughter but to also express outrage at Castile’s shooting and other police killings.