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Philando Castile racially profiled, stopped by police due to his ‘wide nose’


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The murder of Philando Castile likely occurred due to racial profiling by police. Recently released audio of a police dispatch proves that race caused police officers to stop Castile the day he was killed.

According to the audio obtained by KARE 11, the police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, who stopped Castile initially told the dispatcher that he was going to stop the car because he “had reason to pull it over.” Yanez also told the dispatcher that Castile and his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, looked like people who were involved in a robbery. Yanez then interjects race into the conversation by saying that Castile fit the description due to his “wide set nose.”

Yanez and police officer Joseph Kauser stopped the car with Castile, Reynolds and her daughter inside. The officers allegedly asked for Castile’s ID. According to Reynolds, Castile told the officers that he had a weapon and a permit to carry. When Castile went to reach for his ID, Yanez shot Castile four times. Reynolds calmly explained the incident and streamed it on Facebook live. Castile died while the stream was live.

The initial audio recording of the police radio traffic reveals how racism played a part in Castile’s death. He was pulled over because the officers believed that he fit the description of another Black man who apparently had a “wide nose.” It was lazy police work, or an overt act of racism that caused a man to lose his life while in the presence of his girlfriend and a young child.

But it was also an incident that was bound to happen due to the racial-profiling that Castile, 32, endured throughout his life while in Minneapolis. Over the past 14 years, Castile was stopped 86 times. However, the offenses were minor counts such as driving without a seatbelt and driving without insurance. Over half of the charges he faced where eventually dropped. The high number of traffic stops without a major conviction proves that he was often profiled by police because of race. According to a poll conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, over 13 percent of Black drivers were pulled over by police compared to 10 percent of White drivers.



  1. cupcake333 on July 10, 2016 at 11:11 am

    1 we are alway pulled ove forr somthing petty
    2 police usually see a child car seat and give a warning to whites
    3. a child seat was disreguarded is why white folks listen up this time
    4. why farther the insult placing the grieving girlfriend in custody?
    5. a wide nose is no reasn to pull over a man..milliion of blacks got big nose whites to color of skin was real motive
    6 police usually are recruited from ex miltary so why is someone who got deppressin pschological mental issues allowed a badge and gun just cause thye had a weapon in afghanistan, cities save money when the dont have to fully train a cop reason they hire ex miltary men and women
    7black men are also effected mentally coming from war like micah johnson he was ex miltaery now imagine him a cop>?
    8 how come black cop and female cops are not killing people execution style? big question sems like it a cerrain age white cop usually darren wilson is classic age and background u ddont hear from him anymore miltary didnt want questions asked about his miltary background we could pin point miltary cover up

    • Sol Rothstein on July 11, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      So you don’t think it was the fact he had DREAD-LOCKS, weed and looked like a thug !!!

      You probably think Snow White is real, too.

      • TinaBoozer on July 12, 2016 at 9:06 pm

        Bitch by he was gunned down because he was black or have you not listened to the dispatcher or watched the video. If you have not had to live through it you should not speak on it ignorant ass. You have no idea!

        • Sol Rothstein on July 13, 2016 at 10:20 am

          Young BLACK DUMB ASS…if you are going off of what you see on television, you are already at a disadvantage.

          USE your damn brain first. Common sense says if you are not a THUG, why look like a THUG. Dumbass !!!

          Now speak on that !!! Since you are so damn smart.

          They got BLACK FOLKS acting like PLAIN Jackass’s !!! The majority of Black deaths are from BLACK ON BLACK crimes. Not the police, who must do their JOBS.

          Both these Black men died, but both were BREAKING THE DAMN LAW !!!

  2. Jason on July 10, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I wonder did the 4-year old fit the description of a child who had participated in a robbery with both a black man (wide nose) & a woman? I hope the world is watching and reading articles like this.

    Do you guys every wonder how all these cops spread around the different states all seem to have the same bullshit excuses for killing Blacks? Do you think it is just a coincidence? I think we can call this a coordinated attack against Black people. Thank you KKK. We get it. You are doing your job well being embedded among the nation’s law enforcement officers.

  3. Johnny Cromwell on July 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I don’t understand the purpose of pulling a person over for a broken tail light when right here in Memphis( and I’m sure everywhere else) people don’t even use tail lights..they make right and left turns without signaling and the police never pull them pull a man over for a broken tail light and not deal with those whose are not signaling?

  4. Dunit on July 10, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Now that Obama is in office I wonder how many white cops will mistake black men as future leaders of the free world?

  5. refichter on July 10, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    EIGHTY-SIX TIMES in FOURTEEN YEARS! That’s sickening, outrageous, and dare I say, criminal? I’ve been pulled over three times from age 18 to 72. I certainly have benefited from MAJOR White Lady Privilege, haven’t I?