Americans Take to Governor’s Mansion After Deadly Police Shooting

Kevin Lessmiller | Courthouse News Service

Protesters took to the governor’s mansion Thursday after a Minnesota police officer shot and killed a black man during a traffic stop the night before, the aftermath of which was apparently streamed live on Facebook.

The man was identified as 32-year-old Philando Castile of St. Paul, Minn. He was shot late Wednesday during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights.

A woman identifying herself as Castile’s girlfriend streamed a live video on Facebook from inside the car as Castile sat dying beside her, saying he was shot “for no apparent reason.”


The graphic video went viral Thursday morning. Eight minutes into the footage, Castile’s apparent girlfriend describes the officer who shot Castile as “Chinese.”

In the video posted Wednesday night on Facebook Live, she describes being pulled over for a “busted tail light” and her boyfriend being shot as he told the officer that he was carrying a pistol for which he was licensed.

A clearly distraught person who appears to be an armed police officer stands at the car’s window, telling the woman to keep her hands where they are and intermittently swearing.


The video shows the woman in a car next to a bloodied man slumped in a seat, presumed to be Castile.

Castile’s mother told CNN early Thursday that she thinks she will never learned the truth about his death.

“I think he was just black in the wrong place,” Valerie Castile said. “I know my son … we know black people have been killed … I always told [my children], whatever you do when you get stopped by police, comply, comply, comply.”


Watch the video below where Castile’s girlfriend speaks out in front of the governor’s mansion

By late Wednesday, protesters moved to the governor’s mansion in nearby St. Paul, where around 200 people chanted and demanded action from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. By daybreak, around 50 protesters remained outside the mansion despite a light rain.

In a statement issued Thursday, the governor said the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension had begun an independent investigation. He said he also spoke with the White House chief of staff to request a separate Justice Department investigation.


Police said the officer who shot Castile has been placed on paid administrative leave. No other details about the officer were provided.

The shooting of Castile happened just a day after the FBI said it was investigating the fatal shooting of another black man, 37-year-old Alton Sterling, by Baton Rouge police on Tuesday morning.

Castile’s cousin, Antonio Johnson, told the Star Tribune that Castile “was immediately criminally profiled and he lost his life over it” because he was a black man driving in a largely middle-class suburb.

Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor at a Montessori school.

St. Paul Public Schools said in a statement Thursday that Castile was described by colleagues as “a team player who maintained great relationships with staff and students alike.”


“He had a cheerful disposition and his colleagues enjoyed working with him. He was quick to greet former coworkers with a smile and hug,” the school district said. “The Saint Paul Public Schools family extends its deepest sympathy to Mr. Castile’s family and loved ones.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Published by Courthouse News Service.

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  • Natural_Texan

    Lots of controversy and statements.. can’t add anything except to say no one should die from a faulty tail-light.

    • kaynash

      The tail light wasn’t even out….this story is still unfolding.

      • Natural_Texan

        Right.

  • Jerry Emery Delacruz

    Form a mob and track the son-of-a-bitch down. Screw the justice system, it’s more crooked than a dog’s hind leg.

  • Fred John

    Why did she not help her boyfriend!??? Why is no one talking about that? She was too busy talking to Facebook to do anything.

    • QuantumVirus

      You sure are quick to make yourself a target.

      • Fred John

        It’s sick she was more concerned about fb than trying to stop the bleeding, I think a normal human reaction to a loved one being shot is to help them. I guess you disagree with that QuantumVirus

        • charge2012

          Look at it this way. If she reached over to help her boyfriend how would the cop know she wasnt going for the concealed weapon? He told her to keep her hands where he could see them. She flicked on fb as the cellphone was already in her hand. With this cop’s already witnessed hair trigger mentality, she done wise to let her man simply bleed out, otherwise she and her child could have been the next casualties.

        • GetReal

          If she hadnt filmed the incident racist morons like you would have made something up to make the cop look good, when she filmed it she’s still to be blamed, not relevant that her innocent husband got killed by a douchebag, im waiting for the time when you will be on the receiving end bcoz its gonna happen sooner or later, stupid twisted piece of shit!

          • Fred John

            That cop is a piece of shit. I’m not defending him at all. I’m not being racist. Not once have I defended that cops actions, he is a piece of shit, I stated that previously. The cop was Asian, so how am I being racist??? And it wasn’t her husband, it’s was her boyfriend, god rest his soul.

          • Glenda LaHaye

            Have you seen the new information on this?

          • Fred John

            No I haven’t, I’m taking a break from the news today.

    • Glenda LaHaye

      B/C the police was holding a gun on her and telling her not to move? Because her four year-old daughter was in the backseat?

      • Fred John

        Not once did she help him, or ask permission to help him. Not once. That’s my whole point. You guys think I’m on the fucking cops side, or what?

        • Jose

          She was afraid of the officer. Bear in mind she has a daughter in the back seat. It appears she kept her composure but capturing it on video can be entered into evidence and may help their case. The cop did not have a body camera so it would be her word against the office. I thought the same when I watched it until I heard the cop telling her to stay put.

          • dave

            You mean the cop who sounded scared as hell, AFTER shooting the man and WHILE holding a gun on them? The cop should never have been allowed to carry a firearm.

        • Loretta Ramsingh

          Of course, she couldn’t help him. The jackass cop would have thought she was reaching for the boyfriend’s gun and shot her then and there, based on just a thought.

        • Glenda LaHaye

          Not at all. You asked why she didn’t help and I offered two possibilities. She may have tried to before she began filming. We don’t know. But whatever happened the truth will come out. It always does.

    • ANARCHY

      WoW.

    • Jose

      She wasn’t allowed. The officer had the gun pointed at the dying man and told her to keep her hands when he could see them. She was handcuffed when other officers arrived and couldn’t even stay with her daughter.

      • Fred John

        If that’s true, that cop should be tried for two murders. I’d like to think we live in a country where you can’t be forced to sit idly while someone litteraly dies beside you. I would be livid.

        • Daayiee Abdullah

          Yes, livid, maybe handcuffed too….But since you look white, you wouldn’t have gotten shot doing so. His girlfriend didn’t have that privilege.

          • dave

            It happens to white people as well. Police fear knows no color.

          • Fred John

            Cops shoot more white peeps than any other race

          • Mel Wildman

            That would be misguided information on the listing…you can’t tell white and some are afro american white..or could be of another race with white skin..doesn’t make it white…the numbers could be incorrectly surveyed..

          • Fred John

            I disagree with your facts, so I substitute my own reality. That seems to be your argument.

          • GetReal
          • GetReal

            Try harder racist moron!

    • Norma Jean Davis

      If she tried to help him the fucking murdering cop would of shoot her too

    • No name

      Did you not watch the video? The cop was still aiming at the guy who was shot four times and was screaming “Keep your hands where I can fucking see them!” He was clearly not fit enough to be holding a firearm. But that is why she just sat there on her phone.

      • Fred John

        She didn’t even ask to help him once. I stand by my comment.

        • John

          No fred john thats not good he lost controle panicked and fired rounds in a man for a traffic stop she was not willing to place her life in danger she was told by the frantic cop that could not beleave himself he was in shock from shooting this poor man in front of his girl and kid like you gotta be fucking retarded not to see this i for one am about all life matters life is precious white, black, hispanic ,oriental ,indain ,aribic it doesnt matter who god, jesus ,Allah, Mohammed mother marry, Buddha no man has the right to take life from another in front of a child come on get these police officers 5 years in the accadamy and place them in these kind of scenarios every day he should have never had fired the gun because he reached down or up the cop should have trust in the fellow officer to look at the man from passenger side the officer that fired really dont have clear sight of that hand moving go looke for your self its hard to see down the angle should never fire unless being fired upon the man in denver was another tragedy clearly unstable who gives these cops the right to say let use a bomb and not use gas our flash bang yes he did take the lives of there fellow officers non lethal methods are very successful tranquilizers have been used for years now its seems its more and more god please be with these families in there time of mourning and bring justice to those who are guilty of taking a life god be with children that will suffer the most i will continue to pray for some kind of political actoin to get the police officer more advanced traing and place them in these types of scenarios and have them under the impression that its a real traffic stop keep blanks in his firearm and watch how many cops fail the test

  • BambiLynn Graf

    I think the “investigation” that has been the standard so far~we could all write the outline or full story before it happens!~ BETTER BE OF THE PAST!
    Because this is not TOLERABLE NOR ACCEPTABLE ANYMORE!
    And if there’s FREE MURDER CARDS being gifted so generously…
    WE ALL GETTING SOME.

    • Rhiannon Edge

      are you implying genocide or citizen revolt? when i read the caps only part of the post it got scary

    • Anonymous

      You are now on a terrorist watchlist and being monitored by fusion centres.

  • Lefty Blitzer

    Telling that governors live in mansions, yet most of their constituents don’t. Cops now seem to be murderers, too. States have passed “blue lives matter” laws because they know the response is coming, and they will be the targets.

  • Bill Longley

    The state so far has done a good job pointing out what needs to be done and hopefully justice is served

  • ConfederateJake

    They were stopped because they were driving in a white neighborhood.

    • Samuel Guy

      Freedom is non-existent

  • Mor Rahl

    I think that ALL such protests should take place at the Governors mansion, the police chief’s house, the mayor’s house and the cop shooter’s house. They should bring the protests to the place that makes THEM the most uncomfortable.

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  • Lindsey Breegan

    This woman is my hero.

  • Majestic

    Congrats Amurika

  • luke

    Why is he on the wrong side of the car is it a mail vehicle?

  • dave

    Pussy ass cops.

  • Norma Jean Davis

    That COP needs to be in Jail with the other MURDERS not on paid administrative leave.

  • Mel Wildman

    They hire immigrants from Vietnam and China most of them are violent mentally and physically. They should be sent back period.

  • Theoldlady

    Yes there is a war against police brutality. It must be stopped. All lives matter, and yes even police lives matter.