On the 6th July, Philando Castile was shot by a US police officer after being stopped for a supposed faulty tail light. In the car with him were his fiancé and her daughter.
His fiancé, Lavish Reynolds, managed to live feed the aftermath of the shooting while helplessly watching Philando bloodily die beside her. With this killing of another unarmed black male in the land of the free, there are times when you are so speechless, that the only one who can do justice to the story, is the story itself.
“Oh my God, please don’t tell me he’s dead please don’t tell me my boyfriend went out like that. Please don’t tell me lord, that he’s gone.”
“You shot four bullets into him sir. He was just getting his license and registration, Sir.”
“Why am I being arrested?” Maam, you are just being detained, until we get this sorted out.
“It’s ok, mummy. I’m right here with you.”
“We put our hands in the air. We knew our rights and we followed procedure.”
“We are the people. We are the people and we can’t keep letting these people, who are supposed to serve and protect just take us away from our families, take us away from our loved ones, take us away from these children.”
“His name was Phil. He was never a bad man. He never did anything to hurt anyone. He was the quietest, most laid back person you would ever meet. He was loving!”
“We was coming from the grocery store to go and put food for me and my daughter. We had been at work all day.”
In all that pain, how was you able to figure out for you to put this out on facebook? “Because I wanted everyone in the world to know that no matter how much police tamper with evidence, how much they stick together, they manipulate our minds to believe in what they want, I want the people to see, I wanted the people to determine who was right and who was wrong. All of us saw with our own eyes.”
“These police are not here to protect and serve us, they are here to assassinate us, they are here to kill us because we are black.”
“In order to try and survive being stopped by police is to comply…so what’s the difference in complying and you get killed anyway.”
“Where are the good cops?” “Yes, where are they . They’re acting like the mafia.”