A man was shot during a traffic stop in the Minnesota suburb of Falcon Heights near St. Paul on Wednesday evening, the local CBS affiliate WCCO reported.
Video of the incident soon began circulating on social media, reportedly showing the aftermath of the shooting involving a St. Anthony police officer and a man who was later identified by his family as Philando Castile.
The man was inside a car with a woman and a child, according to police officials cited by WCCO.
Castile later died at a local hospital, the police said.
The footage, which was originally streamed via Facebook Live (warning: content is graphic), showed Castile bloodied and slumped over inside the car.
“Stay with me,” the woman says in the first words of the video. “We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back.”
An unidentified police officer can be seen pointing a gun at the man from outside the vehicle.
A woman seen on the video identified Castile as her boyfriend. “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,” she said. She also said he was legally licensed to carry.
The officer can be heard shouting expletives and screaming, “I told him not to reach for it!”
The woman responds, “You told him to get his ID, sir — his driver’s license.”
A copy of the video showing the police encounter was posted on YouTube.
The woman and the child inside the car were apparently unharmed.
St. Anthony police Sgt. Jon Mangseth, an interim chief with the department, told reporters the shooting was the first he could remember in the department’s history, The Washington Post reported.
“We haven’t had an officer involved shooting in 30 years or more, I’d have to go back in the history books,” he said. “It’s shocking, it’s not something that occurs in this area often.” Mangseth noted that some details of the incident were still unclear.
He said later Thursday morning that the officer who shot Castile has been placed on administrative leave.
Watch the encounter here. Warning: the footage is graphic.
Protesters march to the governor’s mansion
Demonstrators in Minnesota gathered in front of Gov. Mark Dayton’s residence early Thursday morning, Fox 9 reported. The group marched from the scene of the shooting at Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street to St. Paul, where the governor’s mansion is located.
Pictures from Fox 9 show what appears to be crime-scene tape strewn all over the mansion’s front gate.
The crowd stood peacefully, holding signs as police officers watched nearby.
On Thursday, Gov. Dayton released a statement, saying “Our state today grieves” with the family of Philando Castile. Dayton said that he asked White House chief of staff Denis McDonough for an independent investigation by the US Department of Justice.
“I will do everything in my power to help protect the integrity of that investigation, to ensure a proper and just outcome for all involved,” Dayton’s statement read.
Pattern of killings
The incident happened less than a day after the police in Louisiana were rebuked for the shooting of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, a man who was killed in a police encounter in front of a convenience store in Baton Rouge. The US Justice Department announced Wednesday that it was opening an investigation into the case.
The latest shootings follow a long list of fatal encounters involving civilians and the police. More than 500 people have been killed in police-involved shootings in 2016, as noted in an extensive report by The Washington Post.
As a result, civil-rights leaders, politicians, and community activists have called for greater oversight of police agencies nationwide — citing the need for body cameras for officers and pushing for independent reviews and prosecutions of officers involved in police killings.
Within the past year, more police officers have faced charges related to deadly shootings than at any time in the past decade, but convictions have been few and far between.
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