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#PhilandoCastile’s Mother Rips Apart Respectability Politics: ‘What’s the Difference if You’re Going to Get Killed’

The mother and uncle of 32-year-old Philando Castile, a Falcon Heights, Minnesota man who was shot Wednesday in a routine traffic stop over a taillight, talks to CNN‘s Alisyn Camerota on New Day about her son’s last few hours with her.

Last night, live Facebook video showed Castile’s brutal gunshot wounds as his fiancée, Diamond Reynolds, narrated their interaction with a St. Anthony police officer.

In the 2-minute New Day clip, Valerie Castile says that her son, Philando, was going to get his hair done. When he got back, he and his sister were having a conversation about carrying their guns and their open-carry permits that Wednesday. But his sister decided not to, out of fear of her possible death by police.

Clarence Castile, Philando’s uncle, says that when he saw the video of his nephew dying, he saw “a young man helpless and shot for no apparent reason.”

“I appreciate Diamond for streaming that video because we would never know what happened,” Valerie Castile says. “I know for a fact that my son would not do anything to provoke that officer.”

Clarence Castile calls the officer “just a man” and a “destroyer that came into our lives and took something from us.”

Here is the Facebook live stream:

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  1. Dennis Moore says:

    First Degree Murder Definition::
    In most states, first-degree murder is defined as an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated, meaning that it was committed after planning or "lying in wait" for the victim.

    Second-degree murder is ordinarily defined as:
    1) an intentional killing that is not premeditated or planned, nor committed in a reasonable "heat of passion"; or
    2) a killing caused by dangerous conduct and the offender's obvious lack of concern for human life

    But over and over again……
    Prosecutors "purposely" continue to charge officer's with first degree murder, and proving first degree murder is difficult, because it has to be "both willful and premeditated".

    DA's & Prosecutors know exactly what they are doing to appease the public, by charging and prosecuting, but then failing to convict for lack of "first degree evidence" (premeditation).
    Ultimately staying in favor with law enforcement, and covering their own butts on both sides at the same time.
    Case on point, Zimmerman in Florida.

    Charge these bastards with what it is, "An opportunity killing"_ Second Degree Murder_ and we will have more convictions of murdering police officers in this country.
    Let's see if the Prosecutors can get it right this time.

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