Minnesota Governor Addresses Philando Castile Shooting

Philando Castile
A second death at the hands of police officers occurred less than 24 hours after the news of Alton Sterling’s shooting spread, sparking more outrage in the country.

Philando Castile was in the car with his fiancée and her 4-year-old daughter when he was shot by a police officer after letting him know he had a gun on him and proceeding to retrieve his wallet. The aftermath of the shooting was filmed by Castile’s fiancée, Diamond Reynolds, who broadcast the incident over Facebook live and recounted the tragic events that lead up to her significant other being shot multiple times in the front seat of their car. “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,” Reynolds says in the Facebook video.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton addressed the incident that same day, speaking directly to Reynolds, and also delivering a press conference in which he said that he doesn’t think the incident would have ended as tragically had the couple been white. “Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver were white?” he asked. “I don’t think it would have.”

President Obama also spoke to the press about the shooting. “These are not isolated incidents,” he said. “They are symptomatic of a broader set of racial inequalities that exist in our criminal justice system.”

The officers who were involved in the incident, one of whom has been identified as Jeronimo Yanez, the shooter, have been placed on administrative leave. Castile’s death has been classified by medical examiners a homicide.

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