By now, everyone has now heard of the shooting of Minnesota man Philando Castile. The after man was live streamed on Facebook. (See the video here)
He had been pulled over at least 52 times in recent years and around the Twin Cities and given citations for minor offenses including speeding, driving without a muffler and not wearing a seat belt.
He was assessed at least $6,588 in fines and fees, although more than half of the total 86 violations were dismissed, court records show. (Source: AP)
He was stopped because he was an armed robbery subject, not because of a broken tail light.
Castle was pulled over because the police thought he matched the description of a man who had committed a robbery a few days earlier.
- “I’m going to stop a car,” the officer says on the recording. “I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over.”“The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery,” the officer says. “The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose,” the officer continues.
A minute and a half later, the recording captures the first report that there was a shooting.
Officer: “Shots fired Larpenteur and Fry.”
Dispatch: “Copy you just heard it? … You just heard the shots fired?”
Officer: (screaming) “Code 3! Shots fired.”
Dispatch: “Copy shots fired Larpenteur and Fry. Do you need medics?”
Officer: “Code 3!”
Dispatch: “Copy. Medics — code 3 to Larpenteur and Fry.”
Officer: “One adult female taken into custody. Driver at gunpoint.”
The most serious crime he had been charged with was possession of marijuana, twice. However, both those charges were dismissed. (Source: Heavy)
The cop who shot him wasn’t white
You can hear his girlfriend say in the video he was a “chinese cop”.
You can actually see the gun in the video.
Was Philando Castile targeted in the past? With such a minor history and so many charges, one has to wonder. It seems like it is possible that it was a tragic misunderstanding and the cop thought that he was reaching for the gun when he actually had . He did seem to match the description of the robber, although there is no real evidence at this point to suggest he had anything to do with it. And with so many minor traffic offenses, with half of them being dismissed, one has to wonder if the police were unfairly targeting him this time as well.