A woman livestreamed her boyfriend's death after he was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota, recording the heartbreaking final moments of the man’s life in front of her and a young child.
Diamond "Lavish" Reynolds claims in a video recorded live on Facebook that she and her boyfriend, identified by loved ones as Philando Castile, were pulled over for a busted tail light late Wednesday in Falcon Heights.
When the cop asked Castile for his license and registration, he allegedly told the officer that he was carrying a permitted firearm.
The 32-year-old father was shot four or five times as he reached for his requested paperwork, Reynolds said.
“Stay with me!” Reynolds yells as her bloodied boyfriend moans and slumps over in the driver’s seat of his car.
“F***! I told him not to reach for it, I told him to get his hand off it!” a cop yells, continuing to point his gun at Castile, who by this point is no longer moving.
Reynolds describes the officer as Asian. She, like her boyfriend, is black.
“You told him to get his ID, sir, his driver’s license,” Reynolds replies. “Oh my god, please don’t tell me he’s dead. Please don’t tell me my boyfriend went like that.”
“Keep your hands where they are, please,” the officer says.
“Yes I will, sir, I’ll keep my hands where they are,” Reynolds answers. “Please don’t tell me this lord, please Jesus, don’t tell me that he’s gone. Please don’t tell me that he’s gone. Please officer, don’t tell me that you just did this to him. You shot four bullets into him sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”
Reynolds is removed from the car and put into the back of a police car handcuffed. An officer can be heard telling the woman that she is being detained. After being reunited with her 4-year-old daughter, Reynolds finally loses her composure.
“It’s OK, mommy,” the child says as her mother screams and cries. “It’s OK, I’m here with you.”
Graphic video of the incident — which may be upsetting to some viewers — can be viewed by clicking here.
St. Anthony police confirmed to reporters the shooting occurred in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb, about 9 p.m. Castile later died at Hennepin County Medical Center, according to reports.
Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor at a local Montessori school and studied at the University of Minnesota, his Facebook page said.
He would have been 33 on July 16.
Loved ones devastated by Castile’s violent death took to social media to express their grief.
“My heart is gone man,” one friend wrote on Facebook. “I just wanna wake up this can’t be real.”
“We just lost a very good man,” a woman claiming to be Castile’s sister wrote on GoFundMe page. “Never in trouble a law abiding citizen.”
The officer who shot Castile was on paid administrative leave, St. Anthony interim police chief Jon Mangseth said early Thursday.
Former LAPD Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey, author of The Creation of a Manifesto: Black and Blue, told Inside Edition the officer whose gun was drawn “sounded fearful.”
“He sounds like he is trying to convince this female that what he did was justified and reasonable, when we know that it is not," she said. "She knows that it is not and she is trying to calm him down.”