Just when you thought it couldn't get any more insulting it does and on a new level. News reports indicate the brutal shooting death of motorist, Philando Castile, with his girlfriend and 4-year-old child present in the car, was not for the reasons police initially claimed. Castile was summarily executed by police officer Jeronimo Yanez. The incident, along with the police killing of Alton Sterling, sparked protests in America and other parts of the world, due to it being the product of racism and police brutality. It also led to the shooting deaths of 5 police officers in a retaliatory killing by army reservist Micah Xavier Johnson.
Philando Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds witnessed his murder and streamed the aftermath via mobile phone video on Facebook, which shocked social networking users due to its brutality
Police initially stated Castile was driving with a broken taillight, which is why they claimed he was pulled over by police. However, the photos from the crime scene revealed otherwise, which many on social networking began publicly pointing out. Two days later, police acknowledged Castile was pulled over for having a "wide nose" which in their estimation looked like a black man who had held up a store.
This case is beyond insulting. The racial stereotypes, evidence tampering in trying to delete video footage of the killing from Facebook, lying, fraud, defamation of an innocent man and extreme lack of courtesy shown to Castile, who make no mistake, was racially profiled, is disgraceful. Yanez must be prosecuted within the scope of the law for costing an innocent man his life and for the disturbing cover-up that ensued. Any other police employee that aided in the cover up and evidence tampering should face criminal prosecution as well.
Castile family responds to police scanner audio
3 days ago - ST.PAUL - The uncle of Philando Castile told KARE 11 the police scanner audio we obtained is an example of racial profiling. A KARE 11 viewer, who gave us audio clips of police radio traffic, claims they captured the moments just before Philando Castile and his girlfriend were stopped by St. Anthony police – which ended with police fatally shooting Castile.
KARE 11 has attempted to confirm the authenticity of the recording with police officials, but so far they have not responded. We have verified that the license plate mentioned by police in the recording matches the plate of the car Castile was driving. The location the officer gives also corresponds to the locations of the traffic stop.
“I’m going to stop a car,” the officer says on the recording. “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 officer says. “The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose,” the officer continues.
Diamond Reynolds said she and her deceased boyfriend did not match the descriptions on the audio clip. Philando Castile’s uncle, Clarence Castile, called the traffic stop an example of racial profiling. “I just thought it was kind of insane to pull somebody over saying they matched a robbery suspect by having flared nostrils,” Clarence Castile said. “It is kind of hard to see flared nostrils from a car...