Less than 48 hours after 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot to death by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, another Black man in Minneapolis shared a similarly tragic death by the hands of a cop.
On Wednesday, Philando Castile, 32, was pulled over for a broken taillight. When reaching for his pocket to pull out his license, as asked by the unidentified police officer, he stated that he did have a firearm, and a license for it, but that he was reaching for his wallet. The officer then began to shoot at Castile, who was in the vehicle with his girlfriend and her daughter.
The aftermath of the shooting was captured in a Facebook Live video by the girlfriend, who identifies as Lavish Reynolds on her profile page.
"Oh my God, please don't tell me he's dead, please don't tell me my boyfriend just went like that... You shot four bullets into him, sir," Reynolds is heard saying in the painful video. The man, with bloodstains spreading through his white shirt, is also seen.
The video, viewed more than 1.7 million times, was briefly removed from Facebook after what a spokesman for the social media giant described as a "technical glitch." It is back up.
Castile was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Police said they are investigating the killing.