Aftermath of police shooting streamed live

BBC, July 7, 2016

A black man has been shot dead by police in the US state of Minnesota as protests continued over the police killing of a black man in Louisiana.

Philando Castile’s girlfriend live-streamed the St Paul incident’s aftermath, showing him covered in blood as an officer pointed his gun at him.

 

He was shot as he reached for his driving licence, she said.

 

It follows the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by police during an incident in Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

 

Hundreds of people have protested for two nights over Mr Sterling’s killing.

 

The deaths follow a long line of high-profile incidents involving African-Americans at the hands of the police.

Mr Castile had been stopped in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St Paul, because the car had a broken rear light, the woman, identified in local media reports as Lavish Reynolds, said.

 

Before he was shot, he told the officer that he was licensed to carry a concealed gun and had one in his possession, she said.

 

«You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his licence and registration, sir,» Ms Reynolds says in the video.

A child, Ms Reynolds’s daughter, was also in the car at the time.

Police said an investigation was under way and the officer involved had been put on leave.

 

Mr Castile, 32, worked as a cafeteria supervisor at a Montessori school. His cousin Antonio Johnson told the Star Tribune newspaper he was «immediately criminally profiled» because he was black.

 

There was real anger but also despair and a feeling among some that the fight for equality might never be won.


A few of the Police killings in the US

 

Walter Scott — unarmed and shot in the back as he ran away from an officer in Charleston, South Carolina, in April 2015. Former officer Michael Slager facing murder charge

 

Laquan McDonald — 17-year-old was holding a knife but appeared to be moving away from police in Chicago when shot 16 times in 2014. Officer Jason Van Dyke denies murder charge

 

Michael Brown — 18-year-old shot at least seven times in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, sparking nationwide protests. Officer Darren Wilson cleared of wrongdoing

 

Eric Garner — died after being placed in a chokehold by New York police while selling cigarettes in July 2014. Grand jury decides against charges, police disciplinary action taken against supervising officer Sgt Kizzy Adonis

 

US police violence

1,152 people killed by police in 2015

 

30% of victims were black

  • 13% of US population is black
  • 97% of deaths were not followed by any charges against police officers

Video emerged on Wednesday appearing to show Mr Sterling being held down and then shot several times, although some shots are heard when the camera moves away from the confrontation.

 

Seconds later, one of the officers is seen removing an object from the man’s trousers as he lies on the ground with blood on his chest.

 

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Правительство США жестко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» — «Silent Terror: One family’s history of political persecution in the United States» — http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com

Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 12 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ — Федеральная служба «безопасности» России — вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) — американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» — запретить меня выступать в СМИ и не пропускать отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё…

 

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