Philandro Castile: Three Facts You Need to Know

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Jay Syrmopoulos | The Free Thought Project

Minneapolis, MN – In shocking video streamed on Facebook Live, Philandro Castile, 32, is seen bleeding to death after a Minnesota police officer shot him through his driver-side car window.

His girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, also know as Diamond Reynolds, captured the horrific scene on her cell phone, narrating the tragic events, and streaming them live on Facebook.

According to Reynolds, police pulled them over for a broken tail light and callously shot her Castile to death after he told the officers that he had a firearm and a conceal-and-carry permit.





Reynold’s 4-year-old daughter was reportedly sitting in the back seat when the officer fired at least four bullets into Castile’s arm and chest.

The officer who shot and killed Castile is with the St. Anthony Police Department in Falcon Heights, Minnesota and has not yet been identified. However, he has been put on administrative leave – standard operating procedure following a shooting.

Reynolds can be heard on the video telling her boyfriend “stay with me,” as he bleeds out in the vehicle.

“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,” Reynolds says, narrating the events that had just taken place.

“He lived by the law and died by the law,” his mother, Valerie Castile told a WCCO TV reporter.

Castile’s mother, Valerie, confirmed that her son died overnight in a local hospital. Police released a statement with little details, stating only that a gun was recovered at the scene and that the shooting originated with a traffic stop with two officers present.





With the media often guilty of simply running with the police narrative, and often working in concert to vilify the victims in cases such as this, it’s important that people know who Philandro Castile really was.

1. Philandro Castile Worked in an Elementary School Cafeteria — Parents Said He was Kind & Snuck Extra Graham Crackers to Children

Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, said Philandro Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul, according to WCCO television,

“This was a GOOD MAN,” a parent of a child at the school wrote on Facebook, noting that Castile snuck extra graham crackers to children and gave hugs to a borderline autistic child every day. He “pushed extra food in them like a grandma” and made sure to know the name of all the children.





Philandro’s uncle Clarence said he had been employed in the cafeteria for 12 to 15 years “cooking for the little kids,” according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Clarence Castile called Philandro “a good kid” and said he grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, also living in Minneapolis.

2. Philandro Castile Was a Straight A Student in High School & Had No Criminal Record

Philandro’s cousin, Antonio Johnson, 31, told the Star-Tribune that Philandro was an honors student at St. Paul Central High School, “where he was a straight-A student,” noting Castile was a “very non-confrontational” person.

On the Facebook Live video posted by Reynolds, she can be heard stating that Castile worked for the St. Paul school system, that he’s not affiliated with gangs and that he has no criminal record. A search of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety database reveals Castile had no criminal history – with only traffic tickets on his record.

Philandro’s uncle Clarence also told KARE 11 News that Castile was, in every sense of the word, an “upstanding young man.”

3. Philandro Castile Had a Concealed Carry Permit Says Reynolds & Had Worked Since He Was 18

In her Facebook Live video, Lavish Reynolds stated that Philandro Castile had a concealed carry permit. Reynolds made note that Castile is “licensed to carry” and was “trying to get out his ID” and “he let the officer know he had a firearm, and he was reaching for his wallet, and the officer just shot him. … He just shot his arm off.”

Castile’s mother told the Star-Tribune that her son was a hard worker and had been employed all of his adult life.

“They killed my son. They took a good man, a hard-working man; he worked since he was 18 years old.”

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It’s important to note that in many cases similar to this, police, and their corporate media cronies, often attempt to shift the blame onto the victim rather than being held accountable for their actual actions.

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