WARNING: Graphic content.


The girlfriend of Philando Castile – the 32-year-old black man shot and killed by Minnesota police during a random traffic stop, with her 4-year-old daughter in the backseat – has told reporters that police treated her like a “criminal” after the tragedy.

Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, who lived-streamed her boyfriend’s fatal shooting in a graphic video posted to Facebook, says she was detained for hours and separated from her child.

“They took me off the scene. I was not allowed to talk to anybody up until five o’clock this morning when they dropped me off on my doorstep… Falcon Heights precinct is where we was. They put me in a room and separated me from my child. They didn’t feed us. They tried to place the blame like it was something we did. Everyone, we didn’t do anything. We put our hands in the air, we knew our rights and we followed procedure. They treated me like a prisoner. They treated me like I did this to me, and I didn’t, they did this to us.”

Castile and Reynolds were allegedly pulled over for a busted brake light, after which an an officer allegedly shot him four times as he reached for his license and registration.


“We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back, and the police, he just killed my boyfriend,” says Reynolds in the original clip, which was originally taken off Facebook but later reinstated with a graphic content warning. “He [Castile] is licensed to carry, he was trying to get his ID and his wallet out of his pocket and he let the officer know that he had a firearm but he was reaching for his wallet, and the officer just shot him in his arm.”


Outside the car, you can hear the distressed officer scream “FUCK!” and later “I told him not to reach for it, I told him to get his hand off it.” 

Reynolds replies: “You told him to get his ID sir, you told him to get his driver’s license.” 

She later says: “Please, officer, don’t tell me he’s gone. Please don’t tell me that you did this to him. You shot four bullets into him, sir.” 

You can watch Reynolds’ livestream below, but please be warned it *is* graphic.

Reynolds also told reporters of her grief, and the impact the horrific incident has had on her young daughter.

“My daughter will be forever scarred by what the police at Falcon Heights did to us for no apparent reason. They took my lifeblood. That was my best friend. I don’t have any family in Minnesota. I don’t have nobody. I never got to say my last words to that man. It’s not fair and it’s not right.”

You can watch her full conference below. 

 

Castile’s death comes less than a day after the shooting death of Louisiana man Alton Sterling; in that footage, police appeared to shoot Sterling while he was already pinned to the ground. 


Source and photo: Facebook / Tilia Tequila.