A black man was fatally shot by a cop during a minor traffic stop in Minnesota — and the bloody aftermath was widely shared in a video in which the man’s anguished girlfriend, sitting by his side, said: “Police shot him for no apparent reason.”
The man, identified by friends as Philando Castile, 32, a school cafeteria worker from St. Paul, Minn., could be seen lying in the driver’s seat with his T-shirt drenched in blood.
Castile’s uncle, Clarence Castile, who was at Hennepin County Medical Center with other relatives, said Philando died at 9:37 p.m., the Star Tribune of Minnesota reported.
The St. Anthony police interim chief, Sgt. Jon Mangseth, said an officer pulled over their car around 9 p.m. Wednesday in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb.
Reynolds, who noted that Castile was licensed to carry a handgun, said they were stopped on Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street for a broken taillight.
The girlfriend said on the video that the cop – whom she described as Asian — “asked him for license and registration. He told him that it was in his wallet, but he had a pistol on him because he’s licensed to carry. The officer said, ‘Don’t move.’ As he was putting his hands back up, the officer shot him in the arm four or five times.”
The uniformed cop is seen holding a gun on the stricken man from outside the car, saying, “F—! I told him not to reach for it. I told him to get his hand out.”
Reynolds, who is calm and composed at first, tells the officer: “You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”
The woman can be heard being ordered out of the car, told to walk backward and handcuffed as the camera appears to be left on the ground, still recording.
A young girl, who can be seen moments later, is heard saying at one point, “I’m scared, Mommy.” The girl later tries to calm her increasingly despondent mother by saying, “It’s OK. I’m right here with you.”
The woman describes being put in the back seat of the police car and says, “The police just shot my boyfriend for no apparent reason.”
h/t New York Post