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Philando Castile: Arrest Record, Criminal & Traffic History & Rap Sheet

In this disturbing frame from the Facebook Live video, Philando Castile lies bleeding in the seat of his car. The officer was still pointing the firearm in his direction. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, narrates what's happening. (Facebook/Lavish Reynolds)

In this disturbing frame from the Facebook Live video, Philando Castile lies bleeding in the seat of his car. The officer was still pointing the firearm in his direction. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, narrates what’s happening. (Facebook/Lavish Reynolds)

Philando Castile, the 32-year-old man shot by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota after a minor traffic stop, had no felony convictions, but being stopped by the police for small traffic hassles was a regular occurrence for him.

New audio shows that he may have been stopped the night he died because police thought he looked like an armed robbery suspect due to the width of his nose.

Minnesota police stopped him for driving without a muffler. For not having an insurance card. For driving after revocation of his driver’s license, and so on. They accused him of minor traffic issues more than 50 times, one for almost every year of his life.

Minnesota television station KARE11 has obtained what may be police dispatch audio/scanner traffic of the initial stop and shooting aftermath. Reynolds said they were stopped for a broken taillight but didn’t have one. The possible dispatch audio has an officer saying, “I’m going to stop a car. I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over.” Listen here.

“The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery,” the man said to be an officer adds. “The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose.” However, Castile had only a minor criminal history in Minnesota, almost entirely for traffic, and with nothing at all approaching the seriousness of armed robbery.

The TV station said it received the audio from a viewer and hasn’t been able to verify it with police, although the license plate mentioned matches Castile’s. However, the station now says the officer’s attorney, Tom Kelly, has confirmed details in it, saying, “They had a reasonable suspicion he may match the description of the suspect in the earlier robbery.” Kelly also told the station that there was a brake light out on the car, that Castile himself wasn’t a robbery suspect, and that a recent gas station robbery was the one in question.

Heavy has reached out to a police spokesperson, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the officer’s attorney for verification. BCA, which is leading the investigation into Castile’s death, said: “Regarding the audio you referenced… I don’t have information to provide to you about it. The BCA did not release it.” Asked for the dispatch audio, BCA’s spokesperson, Jill Oliveira said: “Data from an ongoing investigation does not become public under Minnesota law until the investigation concludes.”

Castile’s uncle, Clarence, told KARE 11 that the audio shows Castile was racially profiled. He said: “I just thought it was kind of insane to pull somebody over saying they matched a robbery suspect by having flared nostrils. It is kind of hard to see flared nostrils from a car.” KARE 11 notes in its report that there was a recent gas station robbery in the area on July 2, although it’s unclear which robbery the audio is referring to. You can see photos of the gas station armed robbery suspects here.

The officer’s lawyer told the Association Press that he was reacting to Castile’s gun, not his race, USA Today said; police said previously that Castile had a gun. Castile’s girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, said they were stopped for a broken taillight they didn’t have and that Castile told the officer he was armed and had a gun permit. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Castile did have a valid gun permit from Hennepin County (some on the Internet have used a Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department Tweet on Castile not applying for a permit through that county as evidence he didn’t have one; the Star Tribune, however, cites a source, in reporting that he obtained one through another county, while living in Robbinsdale, MN).

Reynolds (who sometimes goes by the name “Diamond”), streamed the aftermath of Castile’s shooting on Facebook Live. sparking protests throughout the nation (the Dallas police shooter may have been motivated in part by Castile’s death). You can watch the video here (warning: it’s very graphic):

Castile is seen in the Facebook Live video, which has been shared hundreds of thousands of times, bleeding profusely as Reynolds narrates what’s occurring and the shaken and emotional officer points a gun through the window. She says they were stopped for a broken taillight that wasn’t really broken, according to CNN. She says in the video that Castile, 32, a school cafeteria worker, was shot for “no reason.”

St. Anthony Village police said in a press statement sent to Heavy that the shooting originated in a traffic stop and that a gun was recovered, but have released few other details. Reynolds says in the video that Castile had a concealed carry permit and informed the officer he had a firearm. She says they were stopped for a broken taillight but that the taillight wasn’t actually broken.

Racial profiling of African-Americans, especially in traffic stops, has been a national concern for years. On Thursday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton questioned whether Castile would have been killed if he was white, The Washington Post reported. Castile was African-American. Dayton is asking for a federal investigation. The governor said:

Would this have happened if the passengers were white? I don’t think it would have. All of us in Minnesota are forced to confront that this kind of racism exists.

President Barack Obama said Thursday that Castile’s shooting and that of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were “symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system,” The New York Times said.

The president said that blacks are more likely to be arrested and shot by police, and said, “When incidents like this occur, there’s a big chunk of our fellow citizenry that feels as if, because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same,” he said. “And that hurts. That should trouble all of us,” according to The Times.

In Minnesota, racial profiling has been an issue. Sixty-five police departments participated in an extensive study of the issue at the behest of the Legislature.

So what was the arrest record, traffic history, criminal history and rap sheet of Philando Castile? There’s no question his traffic record was extensive in the overall number of cases – being stopped by the police for minor traffic issues was a regular thing for Castile. All of the cases were universally minor.

Here’s what you need to know:


Castile Had At Least 55 Minnesota Traffic Violations On His Record

Some of Castile's traffic cases in Minnesota.

Some of Castile’s traffic cases in Minnesota.

Reynolds gave an emotional press conference held Thursday in which she said the traffic stop that led to his death was over a “broken taillight, which wasn’t broken,” according to CNN. She described Castile as “the quietest, most laid-back person you would ever meet. He was loving. … Nothing within his body language said intimidation. Nothing within his body said ‘shoot me.’ Nothing within his body language said ‘kill me, I want to be dead.’ He did not do nothing but what the police officer asked of us, which was to put your hands in the air and get your license and registration.” She said they were returning from the grocery store when stopped.

In the video, Reynolds says that Castile is “licensed to carry” and was “trying to get out his ID” and “he let the officer know he had a firearm, and he was reaching for his wallet, and the officer just shot him. … He just shot his arm off.”

A records check in Minnesota court system databases shows Castile had at least 55 traffic offenses in Minnesota, for things like driving without a muffler, operating after revocation, and not having a proper insurance card. NBC News had given the number as 31, but some of the offenses were multiple charges in the same incident.

In Ramsey County, where Castile lived, Castile had the following traffic offenses on his record, according to a search of Minnesota criminal and petty court records:

1. Violate instr permit – dismissed
2. No proof of insurance – guilty
3. Basic speed – guilty
4. Driving after suspension – dismissed
5. No proof of insurance – guilty
6. No seat belt use – dismissed
7. No proof of insurance – guilty
8. Impede traffic – dismissed
9. No Minnesota driver’s license – amended charge guilty
10. Driving after suspension of driver’s license – Convicted
11. No proof of insurance – dismissed
12. No proof of insurance – convicted
13. Driving after revocation – Dismissed
15. Driving after suspension – Dismissed
16. No proof of insurance – guilty
17. Speeding – dismissed
18. Driver’s license – failure to obtain new – dismissed
19. Muffler required – dismissed
20. Driving after revocation – guilty
21. Operation of motor vehicle after loss of license prohibited – dismissed
22. Dangerous public road/water – convicted
23. Driving after revocation – convicted
24. No proof of insurance – dismissed
25. Driving after revocation – convicted
26. Seat belt violation – dismissed
27. Driving after revocation – convicted
28. Proof on insurance – Dismissed
29. Driving after revocation – convicted
30. Driving after revocation – convicted
31. Driving after revocation – convicted
32. Seat belt required – convicted
33. Seat belt required – convicted
34. Driving after revocation – convicted
35. Driving after revocation – convicted
36. Driving after revocation – convicted
37. Driving after revocation – convicted
38. Driving after revocation – convicted
39. Driving after revocation – convicted
40. Stop/stand/park vehicle at any place where official signs prohibit stopping – convicted
41. Expired registration – dismissed
42. Snow emergency parking restrictions – convicted
43. Stop/stand/park vehicle on any street/ally, at the same location, for more than 48 consecutive hours – convicted
44. Abandon motor vehicle on any public/private property without consent – convicted
45. Stop/stand/park vehicle on any street/ally, at the same location, for more than 48 consecutive hours – convicted

More from Philando's criminal history in Ramsey, County, Minnesota.

More from Philando’s criminal history in Ramsey, County, Minnesota.

In Dakota County, he also had some traffic offenses:

46. Driving after suspension – guilty

In Hennepin County, Castile had these violations:

47. Driving after revocation – convicted
48. Display altered/fictitious insurance card – dismissed
49. Driving after revocation – convicted
50. Seat belt required – dismissed
51. Uninsured vehicle – convicted
52. Driving after revocation – dismissed
53. Seat belt required – dismissed
54. Impromper display original plate – convicted
55. Seat belt required – convicted


Castile Was Accused Of Two Minor Drug Offenses, Both Dismissed

Philando Castile was a straight A student in high school, family members said. They said he was a good person, and they described him as very non-confrontational. He had only a minor record in Minnesota. (Facebook/Philando Castile)

Philando Castile was a straight A student in high school, family members said. A relative described him as very non-confrontational. He had only a minor record in Minnesota. (Facebook/Philando Castile)

There were two drug incidents listed on Castile’s record, but both were listed as dismissed by the court system:

1. Possess marijuana in motor vehicle – dismissed
2. Drugs – possess over 1.4 grams of marijuana in motor vehicle – dismissed


Castile Did Not Have a Violent Criminal Record

Philando Castile attended college, and he graduated from high school. He settled into his job at the school cafeteria, where he had worked for more than a decade. A parent at the school recalled on Facebook how he treated children like a grandma would, making sure they were properly fed. (Facebook/Philando Castile)

Philando Castile attended college, and he graduated from high school. He settled into his job at the school cafeteria, where he had worked for more than a decade. A parent at the school recalled on Facebook how he treated children like a grandma would, making sure they were properly fed. (Facebook/Philando Castile)

Castile, a school cafeteria worker beloved by the school community, “had no felony or violent criminal record,” confirmed NBC News. A search of Minnesota’s criminal record databases also shows this.

He did have one conviction for “public nuisance – interfere/obstruct/render.”
Minnesota statutes say that offense is defined as anyone who “interferes with, obstructs, or renders dangerous for passage, any public highway or right-of-way, or waters used by the public.”

A check of court records in adjacent Wisconsin showed no records for Philando Castile.


Castile’s Family Said He Followed the Law & Avoided Crime

Philando Castile's family spoke out about what a good person he was and how sorrowful they were about his death. His uncle, sister, and mother rushed to the hospital, along with other family members. However, he died a few minutes after the shooting. (Facebook/Philando Castile)

Philando Castile’s family spoke out about what a good person he was and how sorrowful they were about his death. His uncle, sister, and mother rushed to the hospital, along with other family members. However, he died a few minutes after the shooting. (Facebook/Philando Castile)

Philando’s mother, Valerie Castile told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune “They killed my son. They took a good man, a hard-working man; he worked since he was 18 years old.” One of Philando Castile’s own Facebook posts says, “Hard work pays off !!!!!!!”

“He lived by the law, and he died by the law,” Valerie Castile told a WCCO reporter.

Philando’s cousin, Antonio Johnson, 31, told the Star-Tribunee that Philando was a straight-A honors student at St. Paul Central High School, who was “very nonconfrontational.”

In the Facebook Live video, Castile’s girlfriend, Lavish “Diamond” Reynolds, says that he works for the St. Paul school system, is not a gang member, and doesn’t have a criminal record.

Clarence Castile, Philando’s uncle, told the New York Daily News that his nephew was a “hardworking family man.”

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236 comments

  1. Hmmm. So glad he didn’t have a record, but so what! Even if he did does that justify being shot to death because you are trying to pull out your ID. Let’s just be real. Alot of these cops are scared pussies. They should be teachers instead.

    • Danielle, I havery a conceiled carry pemit and the first thing you are told is to put and keep your hands in plain view and never reach for anything until the officer tells you,he is comfortable with you having the gun. This is part of the obligation you have with a carry permit. To call this or any officer a pusdie is just plain ignorance on your part.

      • Firstly police are not comfortable with citizens having guns near them. Secondly the officer asked him to produce his license and registration. How can you get your license and registration without moving your hands?

    • “Didn’t have a record,” my ass. He had dozens and dozens of misdemeanors. This scofflaw druggie had ZERO regard for public safety whatsoever, and he identified as a Crip gangbanger. Good thing he won’t be influencing kids into the FTP/BLM lifestyle anymore. Still waiting to see if he was in fact one of the armed robbers being sought by Yenez that evening; I’m leaning towards not, but who knows. Either way, the fact that he reached when ordered not to was on HIM, not on Yenez.

      • He did not have a criminal record, unless you consider traffic violations criminal? Next time you get a speeding ticket that makes you a criminal too. What proof do you have he was a drug addict or in a gang? He worked in a school with children. Any one who works in a school with children is required to have background checks. Anyone with a criminal record would automatically be prevented from getting hired. You would think his employees would have noticed him being a drug addict. Drug addicts don’t show up for work and do a poor job. By all reports he was well liked at his job. He wasn’t an armed robber either. He wasn’t shot robbing a bank. He was shot in a routine traffic stop. What proof do you have he was ordered not to reach? He was ordered to get his ID out. How else are you suppose to get your ID out of your wallet by not reaching? You’ve justified this man being executed by this cop. Cops are not suppose to be judge, jury and executioner. You’ve decided he’s guilty until proven innocent and therefore its perfectly fine to kill him. You’re just another victim of whitesplaining racism and conservative misinformation. I’m embarrassed at how easily many white people want to believe the worst in order to rationalize black Americans being mistreated by the cops over and over again. You need psychological help or maybe you just need to be treated like a black person to finally understand why you’re such a horrible human being. When that day comes I’ll be sure to make up excuses as to why you deserved to be treated like a criminal or executed. Speeding tickets for example make you a criminal.

        • 3 driving on revoked in Illinois is now a felony. He had 10 of them. He didn’t deserve to get shot but he was an idiot

        • Just because he gives snacks to children doesn’t mean he can pay the rent. He is a criminal, he is in a gang, and the excuses need to stop! He shouldn’t have been shot, but until we know the story of what REALLY happened. Not her false story, not the medias story, and definitely not YOUR story. SHUT UP!

        • Thank you for not confusing “you’re” with “your,” but it’s “it’s,” not “its,” and “supposed,” not “suppose.”

        • Not 100% true some employers give people a 2nd chance when they get hired I work with at leleast 2 people I know of with criminal histories and one had been to prison..

        • White, black, asian, naive American, phillipano, islander it does not matter. When you hav a concealed carry you are taught to advise law-enforcement and raise your hands in plain sight until you are instructed to do otherwise. Any death, regardless of race, is a tragedy. However, to continually and ignorantly label this as racism is ridiculous as there are many other ethnicities and the police forces around our wonderful country. Hatred of any kind should not be tolerated. The reality is if these two individuals, Castile & Sterling, had follow these simple rules, had not put themselves in a situation, and had not had a criminal history the outcome would have been very different. Law-enforcement has always had a very difficult job. And today’s society that job is increasingly more so difficult.

          • First the word is spelled Anonymous brain storm. Second neither one of these men had criminal records. If they had they would not have been granted a carry permits and Castile would have never been allowed to work in a school with direct contact with children. And you cannot deny that there is a pervasive problem with the police of this country. The police often use deadly force when dealing with unarmed minorities such as Native Americans, Latinos, and African Americans. Our Justice Department has confirmed this fact. Police officers should be held to a higher standard and should have to pay higher consequences for wrong doing. They enforce the laws and they often are the biggest violators of the laws. Police officers who report the wrong doing of other officers are usually fired or retaliated against. This is a fact. So good police officers will turn a blind eye to misconduct. These actions will never correct the problem.

            • Well said…i agree with much of what you wrote. It looks like a trigger happy cop met up with a citizen who has a long, long documented track record of being one who simply disreguards traffic laws. Of course, that does not justify being shot, but it sure highlights an attitude of indifferance…which leads any reasonable person to wonder if his obvious lenthly disreguard for traffic laws could be an indicator he was most likely a bit irresponsible when dealing with Lawful Orders given by police officers. His track record puts a dark cloud over this… i would be inclined to believe he did not use good judgement. Did not take the situation serious enough. Being black….did not help matters. All folks need to PAY ATTENTION to WHAT AN OFFICER IS SAYING. It’s in those first few seconds talking with an Officer, that smart people LISTEN and FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS while some folks have been so conditioned to disreguard authority…and not take SERIOUS the need to SHUT UP and listen. I suppose these poor souls never learned how to shut up and LISTEN or follow a lawful order… you just never know when we might meet a real asshole cop that had a bad day. This is where the power of the pen comes into play and the power of video. Not a time to be jaw jacking and moving around. This folks usually have a track record to prove their stupity.

          • “White, black, asian, naive American, phillipano, islander it does not matter. When you hav a concealed carry you are taught to advise law-enforcement and raise your hands in plain sight until you are instructed to do otherwise. Any death, regardless of race, is a tragedy. However, to continually and ignorantly label this as racism is ridiculous as there are many other ethnicities and the police forces around our wonderful country.”

            1) Let’s put aside the issue of “police racism” or any “racism” for the moment, and deal with this as a simple traffic stop. First, we need to figure out if what happened was justified, regardless of the “races” involved. Got it?

            “Castile & Sterling, had follow these simple rules,”

            2) What “simple rules” did they not follow? They stopped the car when told to by police, “simple rule” #1. Do you have evidence that they violated other “simple rules,” or are you just assuming this because Castile was shot by a cop? According to the video made by Richardson (who you have chosen not to believe), he was asked for his license (ID). He then reached for his license, and was shot. Are you sure it wasn’t the cop who violated “simple rules,” like relieving an armed man of his weapon before asking him to go for his ID? Perhaps if the cop had first told Castile to step out of the car for a weapons search, there would have been no shooting. What evidence do you have that Richardson was lying, or mistaken? If none, then why are you so certain of your opinion?

            “had not put themselves in a situation,”

            3) Please describe “situation” they had supposedly “put themselves in.” Was it by stopping the car when ordered to by police? If so, isn’t it the police that created said “situation?” Was it by having a broken brake light, or by driving at all? Do you even know what you mean by ” put themselves in a situation?” You are clearly muddle-headed and confused.

            “and had not had a criminal history ”

            4)a) Less importantly, what “criminal history” did either of them have? All we have on Castile is a string of traffic infractions, not violent criminal behavior.
            4)b) More importantly, what difference does that make as regards this particular incident? Did the two cops know about Castile’s alleged “criminal history” when they stopped his car? Without his ID, they would have had no way of knowing, even if Castile had a REAL “criminal history,” and not a bunch of traffic violations. So how does it even enter into discussing this incident? Was his ID still in his pocket after the cop shot him, as the Richardson video would imply (according to Richardson, he was complying with a police order by going for his ID)? Again, how would the cops know anything about Castile without running his ID? If they didn’t know his “history,” of what possible relevance could it have?

            While I can’t be absolutely certain, this looks and smells like an unjustified shooting by stupid, frightened, badly trained police officers. Whether that adds up to “racism” or “racial profiling,” I leave to others. But don’t ignorantly dismiss the real possibility of unjustified killing by police officers just because the word “racism” grates on your ears. What seems to have happened to Castile could just as easily happen to you, if you are confronted by incompetent or ill-intentioned police officers.

      • Do these people even READ what is written? I see a person who is convicted over and over by the cops.

        • Convicted of TRAFFIC violations. Have you never had one? He has more than most if you read them (which I did), but they are almost all related to driving without insurance or driving on a revoked license — these are things that poor people do more often than rich people, because rich people just hire a lawyer and have them take care of the tickets that led to his having had his license revoked.

          You are delusional if you think everyone is treated fairly by the American criminal justice system.

            • Right. Because instead of staying in the country I was born in, and love, *I* should move if things aren’t going in the direction I want. Great suggestion, I’m sure the Founding Fathers would have been all over that one!

              Enjoy your limited world perspective.

          • No, honest moral people have insurance and don’t let their license get revoked. They act to take care of their obligations.

            • Well, people who earn enough money certainly have insurance and don’t let their license get revoked. There are people in this world who through no fault of their own do NOT have enough money to always have insurance and not let their license get revoked, but you obviously only know “honest moral people,” so this is obviously all news to you.

              By the way, there is a difference between being dishonest and/or not financially responsible, and deserving to be dead.

            • Excuse me, “Honest moral person, but have you ever cheated on your taxes? Or jaywalked? Or littered? Because if you have, then you have violated the law, and have therefore not
              “act(ed) to take care of (your) obligations.” Are you sure YOU are an “honest, moral person?”

      • 1. Was he driving? 2. Was their a child present? 3. Who was driving the car and did she have any reason to be ticketed? 4. Why is your focus more on the passenger? 5. Is there a seat belt present? 6. Threatening pose? What made you feel like your life was in danger?

      • You sound like a racist. You just stated all of the normal rhetoric that racist spew. He’s a gang banger when he wasn’t. He was a criminal even when he didn’t have a criminal record. Also he had to mention Black Lives Matter. How do you know he was part of the BLM movement?

    • Why so they can beat our children? People with authoritarian personalities shouldn’t have power over anyone. Let them do jobs where they can’t hurt anyone. Garbage collectors, forest rangers stuff like that. The less they interact with the public the better.

    • The police have to deal with human beings that would shoot you in the face for whatever was in your pockets every single day so you are not shot in the face for what you have in your pockets. They are not scared pussies. Many of them have families and do a job you apparently didn’t want to do.

  2. Greetings. Tragic. Here’s the deal; folks need to “FREEZE” and follow police instructions 100% of the time. Keep both hands in view and don’t move unless told too and never, Never, NEVER reach into any place where the police think you might have a weapon. The Black Lives Matter group needs to adjust their message to “I’m STILL; just Chill.” It will save lives. I’ve NEVER seen a video where a person had his or her HANDS UP, FROZE and got shot. Show me one…….just one…….and I swear I will join the Black Lives Matter movement myself. The reason these folks are dying is that they DON’T LISTEN or FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS…….It’s as simple as that

    • The guy who was shot in the back running from Police, officer days he reached for his tazer,ands when he got to the dying man’s body, dropped the taser by his body. Didn’t know someone was filming the incident on his mobile phone.
      Please contact your nearest blm agent,as you promised.

    • I have tried to post several, 5 youtube videos here for you but it won’t allow it so all you have to do is go to youtube and search “cops shoot man with hands up” and watch them. There are plenty to view.

    • Well Mr Learned it looks like you will be joining the movement. The police in Miami shot a man laying on his back with arms up. The man was trying to protect an autistic man from being injured in the street.

    • Do cops really say “FREEZE,” or is this something TV writers make them say? And how is someone supposed to follow an order to get out their ID, and simultaneously “never, Never, NEVER reach into any place where the police think you might have a weapon?” And how is anyone supposed to know what a police officer might think? Psychic power, perhaps?

  3. BS. He was stopped because he was a suspect in a robbery a few days earlier and made a sudden and suspicious move, with a police officer standing with a gun drawn. Stop elevating these thugs to martyr status.

    • Guilty until proven innocent. That is not how are justice system is suppose to work.He was stopped or fined 50 other times for traffic violations without being a suspect in an armed robbery. How do you ignore that? If the cop was indeed worried about him being an armed robber why didn’t he call for back up. He went and took on an armed robber all by himself. That violates pretty much every damn police procedure on the books. You don’t take on armed suspects by yourself. You call for back up. This cop was horrible at his job and now an innocent man is dead and a little child in the car with him witnessed it. I hope you get mistreated by the cops one day or someone you love gets mistreated. That’s the only way conservatives learn. Its only when something directly effects them that they see the light.

      • He wasn’t by himself…His partner Officer Kelly was on other side of the car.

        And having a permit doesn’t mean crap, you can still do illegal things with a legal gun. “Hey officer I have a gun” proceeds to reach back to grab SOMETHING. Did he say he was going for his ID? Even if he did, could’ve been a lie for all cop knows. Cop told him NOT to reach back. Just keep your damn hands on sterring wheel.

        I get so tired of everyone sharing Reynolds video that literally only shows AFTER everything happened. It’s completely inflammatory Bc it proves nothing.

        • Take a look at the photo again please Mason. Look at the seat belt. Now, tell me how he could possibly have been the driver. Is the image flipped? I don’t know but there are reports that he was not the driver and if the photo is not flipped, that explains why he has the passenger seat belt on. Look then at this transcript from the police radio.

          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.”

          Driver at gunpoint, one adult female and the victim who needs Code 3.

          The cop did not tell him to keep his hands on the steering wheel because he was not the driver. He is shot on his right side.
          That is just like the supposed claim that he had a Concealed Carry Permit – the source of that claim is the girlfriend – No official confirmation on his CCP or CCL – but from one County agency.
          “the county people first believed to have issued Castile’s concealed carry permit did confirm their office did not issue his CCP:”

        • Mason, first the man was on the passenger side of the car. Second if his partner was on the other side of the car (passenger side) why didn’t he see the gun and why didn’t he shoot first? His partner should have had a full view of the front seat of the car.

      • What kind of “law abiding citizen” has 50 violations on a record? When a cop says “don’t move” you don’t move. This guy not only moved, he pulled a gun. This is cut and dry. Good cop! He deserves a medal.

        • “Anonymous”, I made the mistake of subscribing to this comment thread and have been as saddened by the ignorance in these comments as I am by the event itself. Of course you comment as Anonymous – I would be ashamed to have views like you do as well. It’s a sickness in your mind.

          Not to mention the part where you are missing the facts. There is no evidence of a gun being produced. Lavish has it on video. The cop hasn’t even claimed that there was a gun produced. Philando did the responsible thing (as responsible as you can be when you’re carrying a gun but my gun views don’t need to be brought into this….) of disclaiming the fact that he had a gun. He had no intention of pulling a gun, nor did he. We know this to be 100% true for a number of reasons 1. He didn’t. 2. His soon to be step-daughter was in the backseat 3. He announced the presence of a gun so clearly he was trying to keep the situation peaceful 4. He had no criminal history – it would be unheard of and ridiculous for him to suddenly pull a gun at a “routin” traffic stop, an event he had peacefully maneuvered dozens of times before …. and back to the first one….he didn’t pull the gun.

          Please at least get the facts right, and ideally get your mind right, before spouting untruths. Your sick twisted mind is a) what’s wrong right now and b) why white people are generalized by non-whites. If I were of another race and I heard views such as you’re, I might assume white peoples are the problem too. As a white person, and I can only assume you are, it’s disgusting to share a race with somebody who is so clearly brainwashed.

          • Disclaiming you have a gun is NOT the responsible thing to do. A real CCP card holder would know to hand their permit card with their ID and simply ask the officer how they would like to proceed. A real CCP card holder would know not to say, or display, gun.

          • Fact:
            He had no permit to carry a gun.
            He had a gun on HIS LAP. That alone will get you shot.( there is a picture that shows the gun on his lap)
            He was pulled over because of a BOLO. Be On the Look Out. The pictures of the robbery are out there and his size, facial hair, skin color, and Short dreads match the perp.

            You have no idea whether he “intended” to pull a gun.
            You have no idea whether he was trying to “keep the peace”
            YOU, the media, and President Obama have blood on your hand for jumping to conclusions before and investigation has even been done and Stating “facts” for which you are woefully ignorant of. Obama has done this on multiple occasions without learning from his previous mistakes..

          • Meagan quit lying. Lavish only had the aftermath of the shooting. He did have a gun and it was visible to the police officer. The police officer’s attorney stated the gun was visible. There is no proof he told the officer he had a CCW as Lavish is a proven liar. Castilo did not comply with instructions to keep his hands “up, visible and don’t move them”. He is on video smoking pot with Lavish while the kid is in the backseat.

            You really are quite a liar Meagan

          • “He had no intention of pulling a gun, nor did he. We know this to be 100% true for a number of reasons 1. He didn’t. 2. His soon to be step-daughter was in the backseat 3. He announced the presence of a gun so clearly he was trying to keep the situation peaceful 4. He had no criminal history – it would be unheard of and ridiculous for him to suddenly pull a gun at a “routin” traffic stop, an event he had peacefully maneuvered dozens of times before …. and back to the first one….he didn’t pull the gun.”

            Yet..

            It makes more sense that the officer was racist, and murdered an “innocent” black man, in broad daylight in the middle of a neighborhood, in front of his girlfriend, a child and a fellow police officer, in front a squad car with a dash cam, while tensions for such a thing are incredibly high.

            Ok, I get it.

            • OK 55 arrests for traffic violations. Driving while license revoked several times. You do not have to go to prison to be a law breaker. He did ;look like pic of robber the shape of his head and his facial hair. The cop was Hispanic not white. His girlfriend was very very calm was she not?

            • If you go to lovely Lavish Reynolds facebook page you can find her videos of them smoking dope in the front seat with her daughter right behind her….I hope they remove that child from her custody…

          • “Please at least get your facts right, and ideally get your mind right, before spouting untruths”. Maybe you should follow your advice. So let me share a few with you. besides what this guys girlfriend filmed AFTER he was shot and what she says. But hey, I’m sure when all comes out, the guy had multiple traffic violations, there is video of him smoking pot with his girlfriend in front of their kid, there are pics on his Facebook of him flipping the middle finger, pictures of New Black Panther Party on his facebook profile and he is a member of a Facebook group called the “crips”, Hardly an upstanding citizen by any means, and that IS a fact.

      • Wow. I love how you reply to hate with hate. Hopefully my kids choose you as their role model!! Finger crossed xo

      • Won’t ever happen to me. I might not be happy about being pulled over, but A, I do so and 2, I follow their instructions.

      • “Guilty until proven innocent.”- Unless your a cop or white, I guess.
        “He went and took on an armed robber all by himself”- No, there was another officer on scene.

  4. This story has one thing completely wrong. It was the girlfriend who told the cop the guy had a permit after he was reaching for his ID and stated he had a gun on his person.

    • At the 0:50 mark on the video, it looks like a gun poking out from under his T-shirt? Also — why does his family say “he lived by the law,” when he (1) drove without insurance (2) got his license suspended / revoked for not having insurance (3) got caught MULTIPLE times for driving with a suspended / revoked license (4) had marijuana in his possession in the vehicle — she admits that they had some week on them in her Facebook live video (5) had marijuana with them while a child was in the car (5) drove with a forged insurance card

  5. Major fault with the whole getting pulled over because he had a nose matching a discriptions is a big stretch part. I got pulled over back in college because my car was the same make and model of one that committed a crime. Whole fun apoching my car and all that; oh and I’m white. What did I do, every single damn thing they asked me too. Afterwords was told why I got pulled over, whole same car thing and told to have a good night.
    The police do their job. If they are looking for someone they do their best to find them. They don’t instantly find the person they are looking for. They often pull over or detain several before “finding their guy/gal.” Only thing I’ve seen of this video is of after the man was shot. Only ones who know what happened prior were in or at the car. The thing that most everyone is leaving out; the officer was not white, he was Asian, but let’s not let that get in the way of the whole “white” cops kill black people. Cops of every color have shot and killed people of every color.
    There has to be police footage of the incident; they have to investigate it to see what caused it. The investigation will determine if it was in anyway justified. The media and BLM are not the judges of what is and what isn’t.
    I do think the whole his previous traffic violation thing is just stupid. I know people that get pulled over at least 1 or more times a year because they have a lead foot. It’s irrelevant to anything at all.

  6. If a group of people has 13% of the country’s population but committing 62% of robberies and 57% of murdering, asking police not to profiling is plain stupid. That’s the root of this problem.

    • Yeah, and if Asian Americans are 10% of the population, and they are being shot 1% of the time, should they shoot more to get the ratio correct? Isn’t the ratio really more related to those that the police are encountering in their day to day jobs?

  7. When Lavish Diamond shouted “Chinese Police” when indeed he’s a Hispanic , she’s probably subconsciously connecting him with NY police PeterLiang (not those two killed in their patrol car) . That is racial profiling.

    • So you know what Hispanics look like. And when did she shout “Chinese Police”? She’s subconsciously connecting him NYPD officer Liang? How did you come to that conclusion? Are you a psychologist or psychiatrist?

  8. The shooting wasn’t justified. I truly believe he wasn’t shot because he was black. I believe if he was white, the scared policeman would have shot him too. I DON’T believe the policeman would have preferred to be shot by a white person. See how that sounds? Police shoot twice as many unarmed whites as they do unarmed blacks.

    • And I hope the driving record isn’t trying to be used as some sort of reason. Most are even non – moving violations! I would NOT want to be a policeman. Can you imagine going to work everyday KNOWING there are people that hate you and would have no problem killing you? Most probably say to themselves every morning, “I’m not going to did today” It is important to look at both sides here. If police NEVER shot white people then I would question this. I just saw a video yesterday of a white man walking with his headphones on. He turns around, doesn’t hear the policeman saying to put hands up, and he is shot dead. No gun hidden, no nothing.

      • He was convicted of driving on a revoked license ten times. This isn’t racial profiling. They run the plates of whites, blacks, and everyone else all the time. When they run the plate they can see if the owner of the car has a valid license and/or has any warrants. He did not deserve to get shot but he was an idiot.

      • Have news for you driving without a valid license and no insurance is a moving violation of the law. I know in California if you drive without a valid license and insurance there is a jail sentence. This guy would still be in jail.

      • Or maybe the reason he was pulled over so many times was because he was a reckless driver, as evidenced by his lack of insurance coverage, as evidenced by his lack of a valid drivers license. It’s amazing how common sense no longer exists for some people in this country.

  9. Followed the letter of the law…. Just couldn’t keep his car legal and was busted 2 times for pot. He fit the description of a suspect who robbed a store. His actions and the cops seeing his gun caused the cops to react. The police officer who shot him was NOT white, like the black community is screaming. Many are staring he never would have been shot if he was white… JUST AS THIS WOULD NOT HAVE MADE THE NEWS IF HE WAS SHOT BY A BLACK COP!!

  10. Ok lets address the things you conveniently skipped.
    HE HAD A GUN ON HIS LAP.
    The media has been saying over and over that he had a Concealed Carry Permit. No One has found that he had a concealed carry permit.
    He was pulled over because of a BOLO radio call (Be On the Look Out) for and armed robber fitting his description.
    There is a description of the Armed robber committing the actual crime and it looks strikingly similar to Mr. Castile. Especially the facial hair and short dreadlocks.
    If he had a Concealed Carry Permit which it appears false He would have been told to NEVER NEVER NEVER have a gun on your lap when pulled over.
    The media and OBAMA have foolishly jumped the gun again.

  11. Officer stated on the radio, prior to pulling them over that he was pulling them over because the driver had a wide nose that resembled a suspect. There was nothing about a broken tail light however this was what the officer told them. Their tail light was not broken. This is a fact. They should never of been pulled over in the first place.

    • Anne wrote “There was nothing about a broken tail light however this was what the officer told them.”

      May I ask how you know that the officer told them that???
      You are just repeating what the girl in the car said on the video. You do not know that it is true only that is what she said. FACT.

  12. With a stop on a possible armed robber the police officers were on high alert. Upon coming up to the car a gun was in Castile’s lap. Castile did not comply with instructions to keep his hands “up, visible and don’t move them”.

    The taillights is a false narrative. The ID request is also a false narrative. Police don’t stop and chat when they have a possible armed robber with a gun on his lap.

  13. This guy had no business driving a vehicle. He did not have a valid License and kept breaking the law. If I had driven unlicensed in California that many times I would still be in jail. For the ignorant Black Lives Matter group and anyone else that wishes to defend this criminal it against the law to drive without a license and insurance. What if he had killed or injured someone and not had insurance. Root Cause of this death was the victim was breaking the LAW! If you do not break laws cops won’t end up shooting you.

  14. Okay america let’s be real , I’m from a different country and I live in the USA for more than 5 years , white cops are not all racist and some are , but why give anyone a reason to accuse you over something and keep on violating the law and carry a gun and move while you not asked to move , I’m not white and I am not black I am from Egypt and my skin has no drama as in america but I’m gonna spit the truth , when I get pulled over I freeze my seat and do as cops ask me and even I joke with cops even if they like me or not , common we are human but I am a big guy and cops are out to protect us not to kill us , don’t freaking move and make sure your driver license in your hand reach when get billed over don’t be cock or act like gonna harm the cops , they are afraid some of them aren’t but the truth is lots of cops loses their life because such stupid drivers has guns and are felony and just kill cops over arguments or what so ever ..

    The most important is , USA government should charge all insurance companies to provide a camera in each car it will only take like 30 dollars for one month drivers don’t need to buy one if u can afford one and everyone who have a car should have a camera , save your life and be smart

    Second all cops video should be revealed and if a cop killed any man by mean it without an action from the other side this cop should be excited , no tolerance, anyone kill anyone just get rid of them we need no prisons for murders cops or not

    Third , don’t go after media , government pay cops to control cops and control us , life is beautiful but lots of people are stupid , I follow the law not because I like government but because I need to live my life not wasting it , don’t stand with your own color people no matter if they are right or wrong think before you do anything and stop the drama , biggest and strongest country in the world can’t be that weak without lots of stupid people, wake up do your part and the law won’t protect you if you are stupid , wake up get some education , move to real world , educate your kids and put them to real life , watch where your kids going to be , their friends is the future , I am not the best one when it comes to writing but I am here to give a message , black people give white cops reasons to shoot them , be calm and smart and don’t act and get your camera’s ready ,

    Thank you for reading ,,,, Egyptian man… God bless America , white black red , Indian , Latin Asian , we are all human , peace y,all

  15. Once again cops just think they have a license to shoot and kill for no reason. Well this is just wrong I’m sure if this guy was white he would have had a chance to live! (I’m white myself) but this is just plain out WRONG! As I brought up my kids both adults now I always told them NEVER TRUST A COP! Call the fire dept who are real heroes NEVER TRUST A COP! They just think they can do whatever they want and as usual get away with anything with a slap on the wrist! Wrong wrong wrong no matter who or what color that gentleman was this was ABSOLUTELY WRONG!

    • ABSOLUTELY ????? Were you there? You are going off the same information everyone else has, I can’t see how you can be absolute. Their are several things that make it questionable. I hope your children learned to wait until all the facts are known before making ABSOLUTELY stupid judgements, especially about something as important as this. I hope you are never on a jury, you seem to make up your mind without all the information.

      You’re sure if this guy was white he would have had a chance to live! Do you realize that you are twice as likely to be shot by the police if you’re white? I’m betting you don’t know that.

      NEVER TRUST A COP??? Are you serious??? That’s what you taught your children. Wow!!!

  16. What a bullcrap misleading title. This man has never been arrested. The only thing he has is a few traffic violations. It is extremely rare that you find someone tgat has never had a traffic violation, that includes the person who wrote this misleading bullcrap. PATHETIC!

  17. Jessica Mcbride did you do a full background check to see if any of the officers in Dallas had anything violent on there record? Didnt think so you racist, immoral hack!!!

  18. This article lost all credit after the first 10 seconds. He was 32, got pulled over 50 times…. “Almost 1 time for every year of his life.” Hahaha nice math there. It is pretty simple… Do as the police tell you when getting pulled over. ACTUALLY have a concealed carry license if you are carrying. Definitely don’t resist arrest while carrying a firearm. Pretty simple stuff, and if you are not a criminal, you should have no reason not to comply. (Drop mic)

  19. hahaha they posted his driving record…you have to link a black persons death to some type of record, if they didnt have this they would of pulled his middles school and high school record……..

  20. SO this mean it’s okay for him to be shot in cold blood? For the officer to be the judge, jury and executioner?

  21. Driving repeatedly without insurance and and while having a license revoked is a pretty big deal. All of the articles out there keep minimizing this, but if the guy had driven into your car would you still say it’s not a big deal….?

  22. Really sad thing to happen…..a terrible mistake by both parties. My heart goes out to the family. Compliance, my friends, that’s the important word here. If you have a gun, keep your hands where the police can see them at all times. He doesn’t know you, he doesn’t trust you, and you shouldn’t expect him to….his life is always on the line so Give him some slack, do what he says…..and live!

  23. The victim here is the child. She was with her mom who put her in this situation. The day before the mother was smoking weed with her boyfriend in the car and again the little girl was put in this situation. There are multiple videos Diamond has posted getting high with her daughter in the car. When they were pulled over for what ever reason, the proper thing to do with a concealed weapon permit is to place your hands on the steering wheel and advise the authority of the gun. Not to move and go for your wallet that is right by the gun on your lap. Nice that it was recorded after the shooting to only see one side of the story. She also states he was a good man and would never hurt anyone. That’s great, pot must be just fine for a 4 year old. There is much more to this story.

  24. My question is, how was he even able to drive? 55 traffic violations is crazy. Seems like Minnesota has messed up traffic laws.

  25. “He lived by the law….”?!?!
    1. Violate instr permit – dismissed
    2. No proof of insurance – guilty
    3. Basic speed – guilty
    4. Driving after suspension – dismissed
    5. No proof of insurance – guilty
    6. No seat belt use – dismissed
    7. No proof of insurance – guilty
    8. Impede traffic – dismissed
    9. No Minnesota driver’s license – amended charge guilty
    10. Driving after suspension of driver’s license – Convicted
    11. No proof of insurance – dismissed
    12. No proof of insurance – convicted
    13. Driving after revocation – Dismissed
    15. Driving after suspension – Dismissed
    16. No proof of insurance – guilty
    17. Speeding – dismissed
    18. Driver’s license – failure to obtain new – dismissed
    19. Muffler required – dismissed
    20. Driving after revocation – guilty
    21. Operation of motor vehicle after loss of license prohibited – dismissed
    22. Dangerous public road/water – convicted
    23. Driving after revocation – convicted
    24. No proof of insurance – dismissed
    25. Driving after revocation – convicted
    26. Seat belt violation – dismissed
    27. Driving after revocation – convicted
    28. Proof on insurance – Dismissed
    29. Driving after revocation – convicted
    30. Driving after revocation – convicted
    31. Driving after revocation – convicted
    32. Seat belt required – convicted
    33. Seat belt required – convicted
    34. Driving after revocation – convicted
    35. Driving after revocation – convicted
    36. Driving after revocation – convicted
    37. Driving after revocation – convicted
    38. Driving after revocation – convicted
    39. Driving after revocation – convicted
    40. Stop/stand/park vehicle at any place where official signs prohibit stopping – convicted
    41. Expired registration – dismissed
    42. Snow emergency parking restrictions – convicted
    43. Stop/stand/park vehicle on any street/ally, at the same location, for more than 48 consecutive hours – convicted
    44. Abandon motor vehicle on any public/private property without consent – convicted
    45. Stop/stand/park vehicle on any street/ally, at the same location, for more than 48 consecutive hours – convicted
    47. Driving after revocation – convicted
    48. Display altered/fictitious insurance card – dismissed
    49. Driving after revocation – convicted
    50. Seat belt required – dismissed
    51. Uninsured vehicle – convicted
    52. Driving after revocation – dismissed
    53. Seat belt required – dismissed
    54. Impromper display original plate – convicted
    55. Seat belt required – convicted

    1. Possess marijuana in motor vehicle – dismissed
    2. Drugs – possess over 1.4 grams of marijuana in motor vehicle – dismissed

  26. His license was suspended but the records do not show any violations that would result in a loss of license. The statement at the beginning says his record consists mostly of traffic violations. Lets see the record for these violations please. Logic says this is not the complete truth but he looks like a choir boy compared to the repeat felon in Baton Rouge. He had agun permit from a county where he was no longer a resident. Just like your license its supposed to have your current address.

  27. Your license gets revoked for a reason. In most states being a habitual offender makes you a felon. Driving without a license or insurance is just plain wrong.

  28. In light of Mr. Castile’s traffic record, I have to believe there are other young men in that area with the same issues. Someone should look for others suffering the same circumstances that may end up as Mr. Castile has before history repeats itself.

  29. OK. How many were issued by White officers? How many were issued by Black officers? How many were dismissed by White Judges? How many were dismissed by Black Judges? Judging by his driving (lack of) ability, he should have been off the road a LONG time ago. I know he WASN’T driving at the time, but STILL must have been one shitty driver.

  30. And NO mention of the 3 Black men shot in the back of the back of the head in Cali. last week, ONE OF WHOM WAS A 9 YEAR OLD BOY, and the shooter was……………………………………

    Wait for it………………………………………………………..

    It’s coming………………………………………………………….

    Almost there……………………………………………………..

    Yep ANOTHER Black dude.

    NO riots.

    NO protests.

    No BLM.

    And HOW many Black men were shot in Chicago between Memorial Day and July 4th in Chicago?

    NO riots.

    NO looting

    No Protests

    NO BLM.