Police in Minnesota fatally shot a young black man during a traffic stop late Wednesday. The shooting occurred in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, after police reportedly pulled over a vehicle with a broken tail light. According to Lavish Reynolds, a Facebook user who posted a video purporting to show the incident and who was in the vehicle at the time, her boyfriend, Philando Castile, 32, attempted to get his license and registration out of his pocket when a police officer shot him several times. She said he had informed police that he was armed and had a license to carry, and had attempted to cooperate, but police then shot him anyway. In the graphic video, a man can be seen covered in blood and slumped over as Reynolds shouts, “Please don’t tell me my boyfriend is dead.” Castile later died at a hospital. Local police have claimed to have no knowledge of the video, but acknowledged that there had been a shooting and that state police would lead the investigation.
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