07 July 2016

Cop fatally shoots black man during traffic stop

The Washington Post has an article by Michael E. Miller, Wesley Lowery, and Lindsey Bever about yet another black man shot by a cop:

In the wake of a police shooting in a quiet St. Paul, Minnesota suburb that left a black driver dead, Governor Mark Dayton suggested that race had played a role in the death of Philando Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria manager. “Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver and the passengers, were white?” said Dayton, a Democrat. “I don’t think it would have. So I’m forced to confront, and I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront, that this kind of racism exists.” A Falcon Heights traffic stop turned deadly Wednesday evening when a police officer opened fire on Castile and killed him, less than 48 hours after another fatal police shooting in Louisiana. “Nobody should be shot and killed in Minnesota for a tail light being out of function,” the governor said. “Nobody should be shot and killed while seated in their car. I’m heartbroken.”
The confrontation’s bloody aftermath was broadcast live on Facebook by a female passenger in the car. “He killed my boyfriend,” Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds said in the video (above) posted on her Facebook page.
Castile died at a Minneapolis hospital, a family member later told The Washington Post.
His death came on the heels of another high-profile police shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a white officer killed a black man, Alton Sterling.
In a statement, President Obama said that “all Americans should be deeply troubled” by the two shootings. “We’ve seen such tragedies far too many times, and our hearts go out to the families and communities who’ve suffered such a painful loss,” he said. He added that “all Americans should recognize the anger, frustration  and grief that so many Americans are feeling, feelings that are being expressed in peaceful protests and vigils. Michelle and I share those feelings.”
The governor, said that he asked the White House for a federal investigation into the shooting in Falcon Heights. He said that he spoke with Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, to ask that the Justice Department look into the fatal encounter.
FBI Director James B. Comey, testifying before Congress, said he was briefed on the shooting and added that he “would expect we’ll be involved”.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the state agency investigating the shooting, said it was conducting initial interviews with witnesses as well as the officer.
Officials did not release the identity of the officer who fired the fatal shots in the encounter with Castile. But that officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, St. Anthony officials said Thursday afternoon. “This is a tragic event and our communities are committed to working with the BCA and other agencies to fully investigate all aspects of this incident and will share as much information as possible as the process moves forward,” the village said in a statement.
As blood soaked through Castile’s shirt Wednesday night, Reynolds said on camera that her boyfriend was legally licensed to carry a firearm and was reaching for his identification when the officer started to shoot. “He let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm,” she said in a Facebook video viewed by millions.
Castile moaned and appeared to lose consciousness as the officer shouted expletives in the background in apparent frustration.
“Ma’am, keep your hands where they are,” he yelled at Reynolds. “I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his hands up.”
“You told him to get his ID, sir, his driver’s license,” Reynolds responded. “Oh, my God. Please don’t tell me he’s dead. Please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that.”
The incident occurred in Falcon Heights, a few miles from St. Anthony. The St. Anthony Police Department confirmed the driver’s death during a brief news conference, but did not identify the officer involved in the shooting or his race. Officials said they were not sure when they would release the officer’s identity.
Castile’s family members and friends said Castile was a “good man” who supervised the cafeteria at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School. “He’s gone,” Castile’s sister, Allysza, told The Washington Post through tears.
Rico says there are enough black cops and white perps out there, how come we're not seeing the reverse shootings?

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