Philando Castile's Girlfriend Speaks Out: 'I Need Justice; I Need Peace'
Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, is consoled as she talks about his shooting death with protesters and media outside the governor’s residence in St. Paul, Minn. Jim Mone/AP hide caption
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Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, the woman who live-streamed the aftermath of a police shooting that left her boyfriend dead, is demanding justice.
Reynolds delivered an emotional soliloquy to the activists and reporters who had gathered in front of the Minnesota governor’s mansion on Thursday.
“They took his life for no reason,” she said. “They did this to my daughter and they did this to me and I want justice and I want peace.”
Reynolds said a police officer opened fire as Philando Castile reached for his wallet. She said Castile was a gentle, hardworking man, who had welcomed her daughter as his own. She said that police didn’t provide first aid and then they held her into the early morning without giving her food or water.
She said that she started to live stream her encounter because she wanted to world to see the truth. She was afraid that police would tell a different story.
“I did it so that the world knows that these police are not here to protect and serve us,” she said. “They are here to assassinate us. They are here to kill us because we are black.”
Reynolds said that she will get through this but she’s not sure how her four-year-old daughter, who witnessed the whole thing, will fare.
We’ll leave with a video of Reynolds’ full comments: