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One woman shows the world the dying breaths of another black man

July 08,2016 03:07

It wasn't a dash cam or a body camera, or recorded on some distant bystander's cellphone. It was a new kind of horror: a man's death, livestreamed, from inches away. The graphic video shows Philando Castile slumped in the passenger seat, his white T ...


A facebook live video shows Philando Castile after he has been shot by a police officer in Minnesota.
It wasn't a dash cam or a body camera, or recorded on some distant bystander's cellphone. It was a new kind of horror: a man's death, livestreamed, from inches away.The graphic video shows Philando Castile slumped in the passenger seat, his white T-shirt soaked with blood, minutes after being shot by a Minnesota police officer Wednesday during a traffic stop. Diamond Reynolds, who identifies herself as Castile's girlfriend, was also in the car, along with her four-year-old daughter. She broadcast the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live.The video begins with Castile collapsed in the driver's seat. It ends with Reynolds' screams, and her child's voice, “It’s OK, I’m right here with you.”An officer pulled the vehicle over around 9 p.m. EDT. The Facebook Live video begins broadcasting at 9:06 p.m. Castile died at a local hospital at 9:37 p.m.Here is what we saw and heard in the video, minute by minute:Minute 1"Stay with me," are the first words we hear from Reynolds as we see a bloody Castile. "We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back.""He's licensed to carry," she tells the camera. "He was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out his pocket and he let the officer know that he was — he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm."The camera moves to the window, where we see an officer aiming his gun at Castile at point-blank range.The officer yells obscenities, then screams, "I told him not to reach for it!"Reynolds says calmly, "You told him to get his ID, sir, his driver's license."The camera returns to Castile, covered in blood. "Oh my god please don't tell me he's dead," Reynolds says. "Please don't tell me my boyfriend just went like that."Minute 2"Please officer don't tell me that you just did this to him," Reynolds says, the camera still on Castile. "You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir."Someone calls to remove the female passenger from the car. Reynolds is told to exit with her hands up. She keeps her phone, asks where her daughter is. She walks toward the officers, still carrying her phone. She's told to get on her knees. We hear what sounds like handcuffs clasping. Her phone is pointed toward the sky.We hear someone say, "Ma'am you're just being detained right now until we get this all sorted out, OK."Reynolds, not on camera, says, "They threw my phone, Facebook."Minute 3The camera is still pointed at the sky, we hear sirens, and Reynolds' voice, wailing, "Please don't tell me he's gone. Please, Jesus, no."Someone yells obscenities in the background.Minute 4The camera is still pointed at the sky as sirens groan. Someone picks up the phone. A few seconds later, the camera goes dark. We hear Reynolds say "You told him to get it sir." She continues: "Please don't tell me my boyfriend's gone. He don't deserve this. Please."Minute 5There is still no picture. But we hear Reynolds' voice saying Castile is a good man. She says he works for a school, he doesn't have a record. She says he's never been to jail. She says he's not a gang member. We hear her praying for Castile. "We are innocent people," she cries.Minute 6The screen is still black. We hear a child's voice and hear an officer talking. We see a young child's face in the frame. Shortly after, Reynolds is back on the screen. She says she's in the back of a police car.Minute 7Reynolds recounts her version of what happened: "They shot him. He shot him three times because we had a busted tail light. He asked him for license and registration, he told him, him that man, it was in his wallet but he had a pistol on him because he's licensed to carry, and the officer told him don't move, and as he was putting his hands back up, the officer shot him in his arm about four five times."She gives her location, and pleads for someone to come get her.Minute 8Reynolds repeats her version of the event again. She says they were pulled over for a busted tail light. She says there is some weed in the car.She describes the officer who she says shot Castile: "It was a Chinese police officer that shot him. He's Chinese. He's about 5'5, 5'6 and a half. Heavyset guy. He asked him for his license and registration which was in the back of his pocket 'cause he keeps his wallet in his pocket, and as he went to reach he let the officer know before he was reaching that he had a firearm on him and before he could let the officer know anything the officer took off shots. About four or five rounds was shot and my boyfriend I don't know what condition he's in. I don't know if he's OK or if he's not OK."Minute 9Reynolds continues to ask for a ride. She says there are machine guns. We hear the child's voice. Reynolds says, "Don't be scared." We see the girl's face on camera. "My daughter just witnessed this," she says.She points the camera outside the window and says, "That's the police officer over there that did it, with the black on." There are several members of law enforcement standing together so it's unclear who she's referring to. The camera is shaky.Final 46 seconds"I can't believe they just did this," Reynolds says before she starts screaming through sobs. We hear her daughter's voice, offering comfort. "It’s OK, I’m right here with you.”"Please pray for us Jesus, please ya'll," Reynolds says. "I ask everybody on Facebook, everybody that's watching, everybody that's tuned in, please pray for us."Replay1 of 182 of 183 of 184 of 185 of 186 of 187 of 188 of 189 of 1810 of 1811 of 1812 of 1813 of 1814 of 1815 of 1816 of 1817 of 1818 of 18AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsRead or Share this story: http://usat.ly/29zU92W

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