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Unbelievable Video: Woman Broadcasts Boyfriend's Death On Facebook Live After Police Shoot Him During Traffic Stop

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:14:26 Z)

WARNING: This video may be too graphic for you to watch.

When a Falcon Heights, Minnesota, police officer show her boyfriend during a traffic stop, Diamond Reynolds picked up her smartphone and began broadcasting the aftermath on Facebook Live. The resulting video shows her boyfriend dying from his wounds while the officer stands in the window of the car yelling "I told him not to reach for it, I told him to get his hand open."

Reynolds remained calm, explaining to her Facebook audience that Philando Castile, who was bleeding to death next to her, told the officer, who stopped the couple's car for a busted tail light, that he had a gun, which he was licensed to carry.

"He was trying to get his ID and his wallet out of his pocket and let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet, and the officer just shot him in the arm," Reynolds said.

"You shot four bullets into him, sir," she told the officer. "He was just getting his license and registration, sir,"

After several minutes, it appeared Castlie, 32, was dead. "Please don't tell me he's dead, please don't tell me my boyfriend went like this," Reynolds said.

Reynolds' young daughter was in the back seat of the car during the shooting. The four-year-old could be heard comforting her grieving mother as the phone continued to broadcast the incident for 10 minutes, even while handcuffed in the patrol car. "It's ok, I'm right here with you," the chid said.

Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor at Montessori school in St. Paul.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after a 26-year career with CNN. He mainly covers entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosts a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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