A woman livestreamed the heartbreaking moments after her boyfriend was shot and killed by a cop Wednesday near Minneapolis.
In the Facebook video, the woman, identified by WCCO as Diamond Reynolds, claims the couple were pulled over for a busted taillight and that her boyfriend Philando Castile informed the police officer he was carrying a permitted firearm.
She said that he was reaching for his wallet before the policeman shot around four times.
“Please no, don’t let him be gone. Why?!” Reynolds yelled on her video as Castile, 32, slumps back in the driver’s seat of his car, blood running across his shirt.
“I told him not to reach for it,” the cop says as he continues to point his weapon into the vehicle. “I told him to get his hand off it.”
Near the end of the nearly 10-minute clip, Reynolds begins screaming as she sits handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser with her young daughter.
“It’s OK, mama,” the little girls says as her mother asks for help from those on Facebook. “It’s OK, I’m right here with you.”
Castile, who worked as a cafeteria supervisor at a local Montessori school, later died at Hennepin County Medical Center, relatives told WCCO.
In Reynolds’ video an officer said that she was being detained, and it was not immediately clear where she was early Thursday.
On social media friends relatives of Castile expressed their grief at the sudden and violent loss.
“My family will never be the same!!! This has rocked me to the core!!! I lost my cousin to the hands of the police,” IRok Wilson posted.
St. Anthony interim police chief Jon Mangseth told reporters Wednesday night that two of his officers were the ones at the traffic stop with Castile.
He said that he was aware of the Facebook video, which was taken down before being put back up early Thursday, but did not have details about it.
Mangseth, who said that he could not remember another officer-involved shooting in the neighborhood of Falcon Heights, said early Thursday that the officer who shot was on paid administrative leave.
Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.
More than 100 people gathered at the scene of the shooting late Wednesday, Nekima Levy-Pounds, the president of the Minneapolis NAACP said.
She told early Thursday .that “there is no reason why he should have wound up dead at the end of that encounter with the police. There have been white men who have been armed and had confrontations with the police and ended up alive.”
“Why did that officer feel the need to take his life and how is that acceptable in this society,” she said, adding that the officers involved should be fired and prosecuted.
She added that she was coordinating with the St. Paul NAACP about a response to the shooting.
Prosters also gathered at the Governor’s Mansion early Thursday, chanting Castile’s name as late as 3 a.m. local time.
Social media users also voiced their over the shooting, which came less than 48 hours after the police shooting of Alton Sterling outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, La.