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CASTILE, Philando, shot and killed by police while apparently reaching for a handgun - not as Obama says, because of his race

6a0177444b0c2e970d01b7c8796f47970b-800wi...what's clear is that these fatal shootings are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve.

So even as officials continue to look into this week's tragic shootings, we also need communities to address the underlying fissures that lead to these incidents, and to implement those ideas that can make a difference. That's how we'll keep our communities safe. And that's how we can start restoring confidence that all people in this great nation are equal before the law.

In the meantime, all Americans should recognize the anger, frustration, and grief that so many Americans are feeling -- feelings that are being expressed in peaceful protests and vigils. Michelle and I share those feelings.



UPDATE - The Snopes website has published this article about the offender CASTILE shot and killed by police.

If it's needed let me be clear that no one here has suggested CASTILE was recorded by name as being a wanted person for the armed robbery offence.  The evidence that's not in dispute suggests he was observed by two policemen who formed the opinion that he matched the description of an armed robbery offender they had been directed to look for.

At that moment he became a suspect person so far as those two police were concerned.  Normal prudence dictates a cautious approach to a suspect in those circumstances.

CASTILE had an extensive criminal history recording scores of minor offences across several US states - the vast majority adding to his appalling record for traffic offences.   He had been charged over two drug related matters with those charges dismissed.  He had no convictions for offences of violence.

In the matter of what happened after police stopped his motor car on the night he was shot and killed, nothing turns on his criminal history, whether or not he was licensed to carry that gun he had on his person or whether he committed the armed robbery offence for which he was a suspect at the moment his vehicle was intercepted by those police.

What is in issue is what happened after he was stopped.  The policeman who shot him is recorded on Reynolds's video saying, "I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his head up!" and she does not dispute his statement. 

I would not want to be confronted with the circumstances that policeman had to deal with.  He was approaching a man he suspected may have committed an armed robbery.   On the evidence I've seen, particularly the demeanour of the policeman recorded at the time and in the absence of anything further emerging it's hard to see how the officer did anything beyond defending himself at a moment in time when he was in fear for his life.


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On 2  July at 7:30pm (Sat) convenience store armed robbery.

On July 5th (Tuesday) detectives analysed the CCTV and extracted images and descriptions.  A formal instruction issued to local police to be on the lookout for the offenders known to be armed with one described as being

black man with shoulder-length dreadlocks, who wore tan pants, tan shoes with white soles, a green jacket, a green baseball cap and glasses, the release says. He also had some of his hair pulled into a bun through the strap on the back of his hat and had a small mustache and facial hair on his chin.

On July 6th Officer Jeronimo Yanez intercepted the motor car driven by a man matching the description of the armed robbery offender who we now know to be the late unlamented Philando Castile.

From the radio dispatch of Officer Yanez:

I’m going to stop a car. I’m going to check IDs.  I have reason to pull it over.”

The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery. The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose.” 

A minute and a half later, the recording captures the first report that there was a shooting. (link)


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The now viral Facebook video broadcast by his co-offender who was handcuffed and detained by police. 

They were lawfully directed to stop by police because Castile matched the description of a serious armed offender.  

Their vehicle was not intercepted for a broken tail light as she alleges, although it's possible the policeman may have stated that as the reason while he assessed CASTILO.

She claims CASTILO held a permit for the handgun he carried.   The police officer referred to the handgun, she confirms in the video that he had the handgun and in her video what appears to be part of a handgun is visible in this freeze frame (the photo is flipped horizontally to correct for her phone and the Facebook video which records in mirror image)

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Here is a transcript of the conversations recorded in her video.

Reynolds: Stay with me. We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back and he’s covered … they killed my boyfriend. He’s licensed to carry. He was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out his pocket and 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.

Officer: Ma’am, keep your hands where they are.

Reynolds: I am sir, no worries.

Officer: [Yells expletive.]

Reynolds: He just got his arm shot off. We got pulled over on Larpenteur.

Officer: I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his head up!

Reynolds: He had, you told him to get his ID, sir, his driver’s license. Please don’t tell me he’s dead.

Officer: [Expletive.]

Reynolds: Please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that.

Officer: Keep your hands where they are.

Reynolds: Yes I will, sir. I will keep my hands where they are. Please 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.


Other Officer: Get the female passenger out of the car.

Reynolds: Where’s my daughter? You have my daughter?”

[Five Minutes Later]

Reynolds: I got … the Roseville Police got me handcuffed, my phone is about to die. I’m on Larpenteur and Fry and the Roseville Police Department just shot my boyfriend. They shot him four times. He has a license to carry. We had a busted tail light. And we had some weed in the car that’s about it.

The local Sheriff states the claim that this bloke was not licensed by his jurisdiction to carry a handgun.

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However a local newspaper unknown to me claims it has a source stating the dead man was licensed.

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It's a moot point, licensed or not, he's not going to be charged with any further offences.

From what I can make out of the weapon, it's possible it appears in this still from the armed robbery CCTV.


Castile matched the physical description of the suspect as given by eye witnesses and communicated to the police officer who intercepted him:

[…]  The other suspect was described as a black man with shoulder-length dreadlocks, who wore tan pants, tan shoes with white soles, a green jacket, a green baseball cap and glasses, the release says. He also had some of his hair pulled into a bun through the strap on the back of his hat and had a small mustache and facial hair on his chin(link)

He was apparently armed with a concealed handgun at the time of his interception.

Here are some Facebook images known to be of the offender Castile provided here so you can see what the policeman saw - he had the photos from the CCTV and he saw CASTILO in front of him with a handgun.

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Recall the armed robbers took cash from the register and cartons of Newport cigarettes.”

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 On 7 July 2016 the girlfriend gave a goating press conference armed with her suspected proceeds of crime durries - above is a still from the video  link at 09:45)

And here's her live video stream commencing moments after CASTILO was stopped by police.

The dead man's family and associates  are now trying to make money out of this.

There are at least 3 online fundraisers running.


Lavish is in the money to the tune of 30 large when I checked.

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His family is up for it too.

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Family that is except for his brother who tells us Philando got pulled over for no reason at all then they done shot him dead for nothin'

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Here's Lavish and the dead shithead on the shit together.



And the last word is reserved for a young policeman doing his job.



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St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez (pictured) is the policeman who stopped Castile from using his illegal firearm. 

He was asked by his bosses to be on the lookout for a guy suspected of an armed robbery and thus known to be armed with a weapon.

He saw someone matching the description.  On approaching the vehicle he saw a handgun partially concealed under the suspect's shirt.  

The suspect reached for it and apparently did not comply with directions to stop. Silly suspect.  Good night nurse, hello Jesus.

Thank you for your service Officer Yanez.

As for the crooks' best friend and protector in chief, what a disgrace.  It's no wonder people create images like this one when Obama speaks as he does about crooks like this.


We are indebted to this US website for links to much of the material in this post.