Yesterday, Philando Castile was shot by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. His fiancé Lavish Reynolds claims he was unjustly shot. Seconds after her boyfriend was shot, Reynolds took a journalistic approach and begin reporting exactly what occurred. She broadcasted the incident on Facebook live where she says the officer shot him as he was attempting to get his license.
She was later arrested and taken into custody. It was confirmed by Castile’s mother that her son had succumbed to his injuries sustained in the shooting. Today, Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, and uncle, Clarence Castile, were interviewed by CNN.
Valerie Castile repeatedly mentioned how outraged she was and how mad viewers should be. She explained how she informed her children to always comply with officers, but how now even complying doesn’t mean you come out alive. She believes he was just Black and in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Philando Castile Fatally Shot By Policeman in Falcon Heights, Minnesota
The Castiles want justice. They don’t just want to see the officer fired. They want him prosecuted and convicted for murder.
Valerie Castile was very firm in her stance that her situation is too current. “We’re being hunted, everyday,” stated Ms. Castile. “It’s a clear war against African-American people as a whole.” She doesn’t believe Blacks are free.
Valerie Castile is bringing a raw and intelligent, yet unfiltered voice into the spotlight. Watch Philando Castile’s mother and uncle interview below:
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