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Police kills man sitting in car

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 11:07 PM
Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, talks about his shooting death with protesters and media outside the governor’s residence in St Paul, Minnesota, yesterday.

Minnesota, US (AP):

The fatal shooting of a black man in his car by a Minnesota police officer went viral Thursday, its aftermath broadcast live over Facebook by the victim's girlfriend, who cried that he had just been shot "for no apparent reason."

The shooting happened late Wednesday during a traffic stop in the St Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. The interim police chief in nearby St Anthony, Jon Mangseth, said he was aware of the video but had not seen it.

In the video, the woman describes being pulled over for a "busted tail light" and says her boyfriend had told the officer he was carrying a gun for which he was licensed. She says he was shot as he reached for his wallet.

As word of the shooting spread, relatives of the man joined scores of people who gathered at the scene and outside the hospital where he died. They identified him as Philando Castile of St Paul, a cafeteria supervisor at a Montessori school.




Castile's girlfriend said yesterday that he was killed even though he complied with the officer's instructions. Diamond Reynolds told reporters that Castile did "nothing but what the police officer asked of us, which was to put your hands in the air and get your license and registration".

"I think he was just black in the wrong place," Valerie Castile, the victim's mother said, adding that she had underlined to her children that they must do what authorities tell them to do to survive.

It was the second fatal shooting this week, coming only days after a black 37-year-old man was killed by officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Alton Sterling's death was caught on video.