A police officer in Minnesota pumped four bullets in Philando Castile as he was pulled up for a broken tail light. All Castillo was trying to do was take out his license and registration card.
"He let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm," said Diamond Reynolds, the fiancee of the victim.
Castille was an African American who was a school nutrition service supervisor. He was popular among his colleagues and students. As Reynolds explained what was happening, her 4 year old daughter sat distressed at the backseat, watching everything.
Though the police officer cannot be seen, the agitation in his voice is clear. He asks Reynolds to keep her hands visible. Composed, she says she will. Still distressed, th eofficer seems to be saying, "I told him not to reach for it. I told him to get his hand off it."
Meanwhile she realises that her fiancee wouldn't make it and she says, "Please don't tell me this, Lord. Please, Jesus, don't tell me that he's gone," she said. "Please, officer, don't tell me that you just did this to him. You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir."
Later officers arrest her too while pointing guns at her.
This incident happened a day after bystanders filmed police shooting a restrained man in Baton Rouge, Lousiana. Alton Sterling, 37, died in that shooting that sparked national outrage. This comes eight months after th epolice killing of James Clark in Minnepolis. This spurred demonstrations in March when the officers were not charged.
President Barack Obama too condemned the increasing hate crimes and called the shooting "tragedies and demanded that the country as a whole do better. Americans should feel outraged at episodes of police brutality since they're rooted in long-simmering racial discord."