Philando Castile’s girlfriend claims he was reaching for his license when a police officer shot and killed him in Minnesota last week. But according to a new video (seen below), the credibility of the girlfriend must be questioned.
Earlier this week, Philando Castile was shot dead by a police officer after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop. The aftermath of the shooting was captured by Reynolds on Facebook LIVE.
From what we can see in the video, Castile is hunched over in the passenger seat of a car driven by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds. His shirt is blood soaked and he is barely alive. Reynolds talks to her Facebook Live audience as a cop is outside the car calling for backup, and her young daughter sits in the back seat.
In the video, Reynolds claims Castile did nothing wrong. She says the police officer asked for Castile’s license, and that Castile told the officer he was legally carrying a firearm before he reached for his identification. According to Reynolds, it was when Castile reached for his license that the cop shot him in the arm four times. After Reynolds makes her claim, she points the camera at the police officer who is standing outside the passenger window with his gun pointed at a wounded Castile. The police officer counters Reynolds claim by stating he told Castile not to reach for his gun.
Because the video was captured after the shooting, it all comes down to Reynolds’ word versus the word of the police officer. But can we take Reynolds’ word as being credible?
Three days before his death, Castile took part in another one of Reynolds’ Facebook Live videos. In this video Diamond Reynolds sits in the driver’s seat and films herself smoking pot. At one point she passes the joint to Castile. This all takes place while Reynolds’ daughter watches from the back seat.
In addition to showcasing her own drug use, the majority of the video is Reynolds filming her body parts for the world to see, including her breasts and crotch. Castile just sits back and says nothing while Reynolds makes her video. Meanwhile, Reynolds daughter is in the background watching her mother. She appears disturbed by the situation and asks her mother if they can leave to watch fireworks.
During the video, Reynolds tells her viewers to have a safe 4th of July and to put all the guns away.
Later in the video, after Reynolds and Castile are finished smoking pot, Castile gets in the driver’s seat and drives off while Reynolds continues to film herself on Facebook Live.
Below the video of Reynolds, is a video clip from Dennis Michael Lynch: UNFILTERED on Friday night. DML explaining why President Obama is to blame for the racial divide in America.
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