Comply And You Still Get Shot? Minnesota Cop Kills Man For Trying To Get His I.D. – Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire, the nation is in an uproar over the recent murder by-police in Baton Rouge and now this. A Minnesota man is murdered trying to comply to an officers order to show identification after a traffic stop for a busted tail light. This man had a name, Philando Castile. He had a family, good job and no prior legal issues with the law. So how is it, he ends up dead after a simple traffic violation?
According to Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, they were pulled over for a busted tail light. Philando was calm during the process of answering the officers questions. She said when the officer asked for I.D., he informed the officer he had a registered firearm on him. Showing both his hands Castile tells the officer, "I'm going to go in my pocket to get my wallet." As he motioned to do so the unthinkable happens...the police officer shot him several times, with his 4-year old daughter in the back seat!
For those of you who say, "why didn't he just comply?" How much more compliant could he have been? Where is the NRA now? Where's all our gun loving Americans, who are always hollering about the second amendment? Castle had a conceal to carry permit. He told the officer that. He didn't reach for his gun or pointed it at at the officer. Where is his right to bear arms? Better yet his right to live?
According to CNN Philando was a supervisor for St. Paul Public School District. They issued a statement saying "Colleagues describe him as a team player who maintained great relationships with staff and students alike. He had a cheerful disposition and his colleagues enjoyed working with him. He was quick to greet former coworkers with a smile and hug."
As she pleaded for Philando to stay with her, some how Diamond had the presence of mind to live-stream the aftermath of the tragic incident on Facebook.
As Philando sits dying from his wounds, Diamond is forced to wait for police back-up. In the meantime the officer is cursing, screaming and clearly out of control. Amazingly he continues to keep his gun drawn and pointed at Castile, who is in dire need of medical attention. When it did come, it was to late. The Washington Post reports, the 32-year old died at a Minneapolis hospital.
Diamond admitted there was marijuana in the vehicle and at this time it's unclear as to how much. There is no question possession is a violation of the law. However neither of them did anything that would warrant the officer to shot Philando to death. This police shooting took place Wednesday(July 6, 2016) afternoon in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
CNN interviewed Castile's mother, Valerie, yesterday. Mrs. Castile said her son was a law abiding citizen, had a great job and was well liked in the community. She's furious that he had to die like that and stated that black men are being hunted. For more of the interview see the video below.
Also interviewed was, Clarence Castile, Philando's uncle who said his nephew was "so docile and laid back," it was difficult to understand how anyone could see him as a threat. Sgt. Jon Mangseth, of the St. Anthony police, said at a short news conference Thursday morning that two officers were on the scene at the time of the shooting. Neither of them had body cams as their department doesn't have any.
It's being reported that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Assistance is overseeing the investigation. Mangseth said, "We will release the information as we learn it, and we will address concerns as we are faced with them." A autopsy was conducted Thursday morning at the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.
Our condolences to both the Sterling and Castile families. At this point we, as with many in the nation, our fed-up with the constant and senseless police shootings. We urge all the "Good Guys" in blue to take a stand and rid their departments of trigger happy, racist rogue cops, that are giving them a bad name. Point them out, because they are criminals tarnishing the badge you live and die by. Stand up for the vows you took and PROTECT AND SERVE!!!!!!!
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