It’s been a rough week in America. Following on the heels of Missouri police killing a 37-year-old black man named Arlon Sterling, another man was brutally killed for an unnecessary reason.
Minnesota-based CBS News reports that a 32-year-old man named Philander Castile died from an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night. His mother told the press that minutes after being admitted to the hospital, he passed away from his wounds.
Many claim that the incident should never have escalated to the degree that it did. And, after watching the video his girlfriend, Diamond Reynold, captured, you’ll likely agree.
Castile, Reynold, and Reynold’s 4-year-old daughter were driving in the car when police pulled them over for a broken tail light. Reportedly, a cop approached the car and told Castile, who was at the wheel, to show his license and registration.
As the African-American man reached for his license, he informed the officer that he had a firearm in his possession and a cancel-and-carry permit. That’s when the officer shot Castile four times.
At one point, the officer in the video screams, “I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his hand out…”
Reynolds then replies:
“You told him to get his I.D., sir, his driver’s license.”
In what can only be described as a heartbreaking moment, Reynolds then pans the camera over her bleeding boyfriend. She cries,
“Oh my God, please don’t tell me he’s dead. Please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that.”
According to Shaun King of the New York Daily News, the video was removed shortly after Reynolds posted it to Facebook. Activists have since uploaded it again and to other social media sites, however.
Please don’t let this young man’s death be in vain. Share this article to raise awareness about his abrupt ending. Division will never be the solution, as #AllLivesMatter, but starting a conversation about the issue of police misconduct and collaborating with other activists may result in transformational change.
By Amanda Froelich via True Activist