PHOTOS: Philando Castile, Minnesota Man Shot by Falcon Heights Police

Philando Castile, the Minnesota man shot by police, with the aftermath captured on Facebook Live, was a good person, said both his family and a parent who knew him at the school where he was a cafeteria worker. He was an honors student in high school who received straight As, and on Facebook he showed concern about social justice issues. A parent whose child went to the school in Minnesota where he worked in the cafeteria said "This is a GOOD MAN" and talked about how Castile would sneak extra graham crackers to children and feed them like a grandma. He also had time to give a borderline autistic child a hug every day and remember to call all children by their names. Castile, 32, was shot on July 6 around 9 p.m. by a St. Anthony Police Department officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, which is near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. His girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live, saying that the officer had stopped them for a broken taillight. She said that Castile had a concealed carry permit and told the officer that he had a firearm, but that the officer shot him for no reason. He died at 9:37 p.m. at a local hospital, said the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. In the Facebook Live video, Castile's girlfriend says the officer shot him several times, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The Police Department released very few details in the first hours after the shooting, other than to say that a gun was recovered at the scene and the shooting originated with a traffic stop and that two officers were present. Castile had only a very minor criminal record in Minnesota, and he graduated from high school and also attended college. His mother told the news media that he worked since he was 18. Protests immediately erupted after his death, both at the scene and also at the governor's mansion, where people draped yellow police tape over the gate. “I told him to get his hand out; I told him not to reach for it,” the officer says in the Facebook Live video. Reynolds adds: “Oh my God, don’t tell me he’s dead, please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that.” (Facebook/Philando Castile)


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