Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds recorded the events immediately after the shooting on her cell phone. Reynolds claimed that the police officer pulled Castile over for a broken taillight. She said that Castile told the officer that he had a concealed carry permit and that he had a gun in the car. Reynolds claims that when Castile was reaching for his ID, the cop shot him. At least that’s Diamond Reynolds’ version of the truth. Since she posted the video of Castile dying on Facebook and it’s gone viral, people believe her narrative of what happened before the shooting. But what if her story isn’t true?
Castile wasn’t pulled over because of a broken taillight. He was pulled over because he matched the description of a suspect in an armed robbery that happened just a few blocks away. Police records and an audio recording of the radio call made by the officer at the time, show this to be true. What about Castile’s concealed carry permit? There is no record of a permit being requested or issued for him from the agency where he lived. Now, this doesn’t mean that he didn’t have a permit, there’s simply nothing to support his claim that he did.
Was the shooting justified? The truth is, we don’t yet know. It’s sad that he was killed, but does knowing Diamond Reynolds’ version of the truth help us in labeling all cops as racist killers? Can we even trust her version of the story?
The Federalist Papers Project reports:
When people come to conclusions based only on partial information, groups like BLM rise.
Unfortunately, so far, this knee-jerk reaction trend is not slowing down. And despite new evidence always surfacing in regards to the incidents they are protesting, they still often stick to the exact same narrative and do not absorb the new information into their grievances.
Robert Gehl reports that the dramatic live Facebook video of Philando Castle bleeding to death in his car is heartbreaking and emotional.
But the media narrative – that he was pulled over for a broken taillight and that he was shot after reaching for his wallet and explaining to officers he had a gun and a carry permit.
That narrative came from Lavish “Diamond” Reynolds, Castle’s girlfriend. Given what happened, I’m not blaming her for anything she says really. And the media, politicians and race-baiters have taken this story and ran with it.
The problem is: It simply isn’t true.