Shocking footage of the aftermath of the shooting went viral after Castile’s girlfriend Lavish Reynolds live-streamed his death on Facebook.
In the video, Lavish Reynolds said she and her boyfriend, Philando Castile, were pulled over for a busted tail light by a police officer. She claims the cop asked Castile, a cafeteria supervisor at a school in St Paul, to show his license, but then shot him four times while he reached for it.
As she talks, she moves the camera across to show Castile, bloody and losing consciousness, and the cop – still pointing his gun. Sounding like he was close to tears, the cop shouted, ‘I told him not to reach for it!. I told him to get his hand open.’
Visibly shaken Lavish then said, ‘You told him to get his ID, sir, you told him to get his driver’s license,’ When she noticed he had stopped moving, she reacted saying ‘Oh god, don’t tell me he’s dead. ‘Please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that… please don’t tell me that he’s gone.’
The cop requested that she should keep her hands where they are and she agreed. Backup officers then arrived, handcuffed and put her alongside her little daughter in a police car. According to them, they had to detain her until they sorted everything out. In the police car she began to request for people to come and bail her as her phone battery was about to die. Finally, Reynolds – who has mostly kept it together throughout the incident – breaks down while her daughter consoles her, saying ‘It’s okay. I’m right here with you.’
Castile was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was confirmed dead and the officer responsible for his death has been placed on administrative leave.