Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer in Minnesota during a traffic stop. Castile had been pulled over for having a busted taillight. According to Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who recorded the events on video after the shot was fired, Castile told the officer that he had a license to carry and did, in fact, have a firearm.
While Castile was reportedly reaching for his wallet to retrieve his ID, when the officer shot him. The officer can be heard on the video saying, “F**k. I told him not to reach for it. I told him to get his hand out!” Reynolds later described the police officer as “Chinese” and his apparent height and weight. St. Anthony Police, in a press release about the shooting, said that one of their officers had been involved and that a handgun had been recovered at the scene.
Freedom Daily reports:
An armed Black Lives Matter supporter who once posted a picture of Black Panthers with guns to Facebook with the message “BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!” in a threat to whites, and apparently police, was shot and killed by a St. Anthony police officer after refusing orders not to reach for his gun during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, Wednesday night.
Reynolds’, while recording the video, is heard saying that they were pulled over for a “busted taillight,” and that Castile is “licensed to carry” a firearm. She continued, “He let the officer know that he had a firearm. He was trying to get out his I.D. and his wallet out of his, um, pocket, and the officer just shot him in his arm.”