Just 24 hours after the brutal death of Baton Rouge’s Alton Sterling, Philando Castile of Minnesota became the newest man added to the long list of names of black men and women killed at the hands of law enforcement.
As many took to social media to express their grief, outrage, frustration and the boulder of hopelessness that is now weighing on many Americans, including those of color, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton held a press conference Thursday (July 7) in which he matter of factly stated Castile, who was shot and killed in front of his daughter, would still be alive if he were white.
According to reports, Castile and his fiancee Diamond Reynolds, along with the couple’s 4-year-old daughter who was in the backseat, were pulled over due to a minor traffic violation. In the Facebook live video depicting Castile’s last moments, Reynolds says her fiance was shot four times while trying to reach for his wallet.
“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,” Reynolds said. Reynolds said she told the officer he was armed and had a concealed carry permit.
Not even having time to properly digest the death of Sterling, social media became a hub for many to express their feelings.
— TLSeentIt (@JumpinJackJas) July 7, 2016