Mom of Driver Shot by Police: 'Black in the Wrong Place'

His girlfriend says they had their hands up
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2016 10:44 AM CDT
Mom of Driver Shot by Police: 'Black in the Wrong Place'
Demonstrators chant as they block Summit Avenue in front of the governor's residence in St. Paul, Minn., early Thursday.   (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)

The mother of the driver shot to death by a Minnesota police officer tells CNN that she had given her son simple advice if ever stopped by police: "Comply, comply, comply." But even though 32-year-old Philando Castile was doing just that, says his girlfriend, he ended up being shot fatally. Her son's crime was being "black in the wrong place," says Victoria Castile. The officer who made the traffic stop shot Castile five times, says girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, who was in the car at the time with her 4-year-old daughter. "We had our hands in the air," says Reynolds, who filmed the aftermath of the shooting and posted it on Facebook. (The graphic video can be seen here.) Reynolds spoke to reporters Thursday, report the AP and CNN.

Castile did "nothing but what the police officer asked of us, which was to put your hands in the air and get your license and registration," says Reynolds. In the video, she says Castile had informed the officer he was carrying a licensed weapon and was shot while reaching for his wallet. The shooting took place in the Minneapolis suburb of Falcon Heights, and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he has asked the Justice Department to take over the investigation. Demonstrators have been gathered outside his residence since news of the Wednesday night shooting broke. (More Philando Castile stories.)

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