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This Day in History: July 6th

Philando Castile Was Killed By Police While His Girlfriend Posted on FB Live

Philando Castile was murdered on July 6, 2016, by a Minnesota cop in his car as his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter watched.

Catille, 32, was pulled over while driving in Falcon Heights, MN at 9 p.m. ET with his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her daughter. After Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, asked for his license and registration, Castile told the officer that he had a firearm, to which Yanez replied, “Don’t reach for it then!” Castile said “I’m, I, I was reaching for…” Yanez said “Don’t pull it out,” Castile replied, “I’m not pulling it out…” and Reynolds said, “He’s not…” Yanez screamed “Don’t pull it out…” and then shot Castile seven times.

Reynolds live-streamed the shooting on Facebook. A dashcam video of the shooting was released by police almost a year later.

The Hennepin County Medical Center pronounced Castile, who was a beloved school cafeteria worker for 12 years, dead at 9:37 p.m. On November 16, 2016, Yanez was charged with three felonies: one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm. Yanez, who was fired from the force, was acquitted of all charges on June 16, 2017.

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