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No equal protection for Black people in open carry or stand your ground laws

Philando Castile (Facebook)

Philando Castile (Facebook)

Philando Castile is the latest victim to have been killed by a police officer who overreacted to a Black man carrying a gun. A day earlier, Alton Sterling was killed in a similar incident. The two men were separated by little other than geography — Castile was in the Minneapolis area; Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Both are open carry states where licensed gun owners are permitted to carry weapons.

Sterling’s killing was videotaped, so we actually hear an officer say, “He has a gun,” before seeing a policeman shoot holes through the chest of a restrained Black man.

Lavish Reynolds (Facebook)

Lavish Reynolds (Facebook)

While only the aftermath of Castile’s shooting was captured, the video is compelling. Castile’s girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, begins filming after an officer, who had pulled them over for a routine traffic stop, fires bullets into Castile’s arm.

Thinking Castile will survive, she calmly gives her version of events, which go undisputed by the officer still aiming his gun at a dying Castile.

“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 says into the camera then aimed it at a bleeding Castile.

“Mam, keep your hands where they are,” the officer shouts at Reynolds. “I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his hands up.”

Reynolds refutes this. “You told him to get his ID, sir, his driver’s license.”

Philando Castile Facebook

Philando Castile (Facebook)

As Reynolds realizes Castile is dying, she begins retelling her version in a loop, not one word of which is ever disputed by the officer during the seven minutes of filming. All we hear from the officer are expletives as Castile moans.

“Oh my god. Please don’t tell me he’s dead. Please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that,” Reynolds said. I imagine a similar refrain was uttered by the loved ones of John Crawford III and 14-year-old Tamir Rice, both gunned down by police while obliviously holding toy guns.


  1. Johnny Cromwell on July 7, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I’m angry and I grieve all at the same time. Not only did these punkass police kill this man for no reason other than being Black but these low-down b!+ches killed this man in front of his child. Can you imagine the trama that she will have to grow up with and carry the rest of her life? ..put me in a room with both these b!tches for 10 minutes, no weapons, and watch and see how they come out.

    • Missy on July 9, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Well we know you in a room with them will never happen. All we can do is stick together & become United in our communities . Start with respecting each other which will result in others showing us the same. Sadly sadly as tragic and heart breaking as it is, we only come together when there is a shooting by a cop. We have to be on one accord on black on black shootings too. When we act like we don’t care about anything else except black men being shot by police then they don’t care. Just look at other cultures how u can’t even say anything about them. I dare you to speak against the LGBT community & see what happens or the Jewish. They stick together through all things so we all walk on egg shells around these groups. The media, police everyone. We have to get to that same level of respect & expectation. Until then we will keep just talking & protesting only when our ppl are shot by police. Nothing else matters ???

  2. cupcake333 on July 7, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    lavish said a MAJOR THING WHEN SHE POINT THE FAILURE OF POLICE TO USA MILITARY Relaesing young soldiers from afrganistan and not addressiing the mental illness issues with these men yyett police dept are low on recruite and paying less to train soldier who has weaponty training gone are state run high cost POLICE ACADEMY .. COPS ARE NOT PSCHOLOGICAL EXAMINED CAUSE THEN A DR WOULD KNOW HE IS PDST and at 27 years old , they refuse to accept disability and want to carry a gun and kill .. AMERICA CREATED TERRORIST BY SENDING IDIOT .. FROM TRAILER PARKS TO FIGHT A WAR . CALL THEM HEROS AND NOW REALIZING THESE COP CANT CONTROLL THIS URG .. AFGHANS are called san niggers by white .. . we been hate for 400 year as we picked cotten and fed them and breast fed white babies .. our black women rapped
    black men beat hung feet cutt off penis cut …due to fear and hate
    white many angry at obama and oprah for holdig power .. the cant achieve ..
    it the poor white man angry …. and when they fight a war it nott so blacks can have freedom cause AFGANS DIDNT ROB US OF HISTORY ..