Update: Minnesota Man Killed by Police During Traffic Stop
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) – The Latest on a police shooting in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota (all times local):
A law enforcement expert says the Twin Cities police officer who fatally shot a black man should have delivered first aid when it was clear he was no longer a threat.
William Moulder is a police consultant and longtime former police chief in Des Moines. Moulder says the officer should have rendered aid to Philando Castile within a minute or two because it was clear there was no threat.
Castile was shot after a traffic stop Wednesday night in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, broadcast the aftermath of the shooting from inside the car on Facebook. Castile later died.
Reynolds and relatives say he wasn’t tended to until paramedics arrived more than 10 minutes later.
The Facebook footage shows Castile motionless inside the car for several minutes.
President Barack Obama says the deadly shootings by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota are not isolated incidents. He says the U.S. has a “serious problem.”
Obama reacted to the pair of controversial deaths in a Facebook post Thursday. He says all Americans should be “deeply troubled.”
Obama says the incidents are symptoms of broader challenges in the criminal justice system. He says they reflect racial disparities that persist “year after year.” Obama says that’s created a lack of trust between law enforcement officers and their communities.
Obama says he’s limited in what he can say about the cases. But he says he’s “encouraged” the U.S. Justice Department is conducting a civil rights investigation into the Louisiana incident.
But Obama also says the U.S. must show respect and appreciation for police.
The White House says President Barack Obama is “deeply disturbed” by reports of police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama is following the situations closely. But he tells reporters aboard Air Force One that the White House can’t comment more specifically while the cases are being investigated.
In the Louisiana case, the federal Justice Department is conducting a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by two white police officers.
Earnest is noting the task force on policing that Obama established to improve ties and trust between police and law enforcement. He’s urging local policing agencies to implement the Justice Department’s recommendations.
Earnest spoke as Obama was flying to Poland for a NATO summit.
A black man fatally shot by a suburban Twin Cities police officer was a 2001 graduate of Central High School in St. Paul who had worked for the school district since he was 19 years old.
A statement on the St. Paul Public Schools website says Philando Castile started working for the district in the Nutrition Services Department in 2002. The statement says when Castile interviewed for his supervisory position he wore a suit and tie and said his goal was to one day “sit on the other side of this table.” He eventually won a promotion and became a respected supervisor.
The statement says colleagues described Castile as “a team player who maintained great relationships with staff and students alike.”
Superintendent Valeria Silva says she is “deeply sorry” for Castile’s family and calls him “one of our own.”
The grandfather of the man fatally shot by police in a St. Paul suburb says his grandson was a person who stayed out of trouble.
Eighty-nine-year-old Sam Castile, of St. Paul, says his grandson, Philando Castile, was a “guy who went about his business,” went to work and back home to his mother and sister.
Castile was fatally shot behind the wheel of a car in Falcon Heights Wednesday night after he was pulled over by an officer from St. Anthony. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds and her young daughter were also in the car, but were not injured. Reynolds says she was detained by police until 5 a.m. Thursday.
The girlfriend of a black man who was fatally shot by a suburban Twin Cities police officer says her boyfriend was killed even though he complied with the officer’s instructions.
Diamond Reynolds told reporters Thursday that Philando Castile did “nothing but what the police officer asked of us, which was to put your hands in the air and get your license and registration.”
Castile was killed Wednesday night in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights.
Reynolds says other officers at the scene didn’t check on Castile after the shooting, but that they tried to calm the officer involved as they put her in a police car.
She didn’t know the officer’s name but described him as Asian.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s pressing for a federal investigation into the police shooting of Philando Castile.
Dayton said Thursday he spoke on the phone with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to request that the U.S. Department of Justice launch an investigation independent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension probe.
Dayton offered condolences to Castile’s family, friends, and the community as demonstrators gathered outside his residence.
Castile was shot in a car Wednesday night in the largely middle-class St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. A woman in the vehicle who identified herself as Castile’s girlfriend apparently livestreamed the aftermath in a widely shared Facebook video. St. Anthony Police interim police chief Jon Mangseth said the incident began when an officer from his agency initiated a traffic stop.
The mother of a man fatally shot by a suburban Twin Cities police officer says she had instructed her son to always “comply” if he was ever stopped by law enforcement.
Valerie Castile told CNN Thursday that her son, Philando Castile, didn’t deserve “to be shot down like this.”
The 32-year-old man was shot in a car Wednesday night in the largely middle-class St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights.
Valerie Castile says her son was just “black in the wrong place” and that he was a victim of “a silent war against African American people.”
Police have not released details about the officer involved.
She says she’s angry that officials wouldn’t let her identify her son’s body and that she will have to wait until after the autopsy to see him.
About 200 people are gathered outside the Minnesota Governor’s Residence in St. Paul, protesting the fatal shooting of a man by a suburban police officer.
The crowd chanted early Thursday morning, demanding action from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Police prevented vehicles from approaching, but music blared from a car parked just outside the gate, which protesters festooned with yellow police line tape.
“No justice, no sleep,” the protesters chanted. “Mark Dayton, do you care?”
It wasn’t immediately clear if the governor was home. The lights inside the mansion were mostly off.
Dayton’s spokesman didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry from The Associated Press.
Family members of the man fatally shot by a suburban Twin Cities police officer say he was a 32-year-old cafeteria supervisor at a Montessori school.
Clarence Castile told the Star Tribune his nephew, 32-year-old Philando Castile, died minutes after arriving at the hospital. Clarence Castile was at the Hennepin County Medical Center with other family members.
Clarence Castile says Philando Castile had worked in St. Paul’s J.J. Hill school cafeteria for 12 to 15 years. He says his nephew was a “good kid.”
Among other family members at the hospital was Philando Castile’s cousin, Antonio Johnson, who told the newspaper Castile was “a black individual driving in Falcon Heights who was immediately criminally profiled.”
Police have said the incident began when an officer initiated a traffic stop in suburban Falcon Heights but have not further explained what led to the shooting.
An official says the police officer who fatally shot a man in Minnesota is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
St. Anthony Police interim police chief Jon Mangseth didn’t take any questions during an early morning news conference. He read aloud a brief statement the department issued earlier, then added that “the officer involved” had been put on standard leave.
Mangseth had said earlier that he wasn’t sure how many officers were involved in the shooting, which happened after a traffic stop.
He also said earlier that he didn’t have “much information” about what led to the shooting. Authorities have not identified the man who was killed.
A video posted Wednesday night on Facebook Live appeared to show an incident like the one police described.
The Associated Press couldn’t immediately verify the authenticity of the video. Mangseth said he had been “made aware there was a livestream on Facebook” but said he had not yet seen the video and didn’t know anything about its contents. He didn’t address it during the news conference.
A Minnesota police department says a man has died after an officer-involved shooting.
The St. Anthony Police Department said in a statement early Thursday morning that the man, who was taken to a hospital after being shot, has died.
St. Anthony Police interim police chief Jon Mangseth told reporters at a news conference earlier that the incident began when an officer from his agency initiated a traffic stop around 9 p.m. Wednesday in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb.
Mangseth said he didn’t have “much information” about what led to the shooting.
The statement doesn’t give further details, saying only that “shots were fired” during the stop.
Police did not immediately identify the victim.
A crowd of protesters has gathered at the scene where a man was shot by police in suburban St. Paul.
Local media report dozens of people congregated early Thursday morning in Falcon Heights near where police said the man was shot after an officer initiated a traffic stop. The man was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the shooting.
KARE-TV reports the crowd was chanting, “We will stand our ground. We will not move,” as officer attempted to clear the area.
The TV station reports another crowd has gathered at the hospital where the man was taken.
An official says a man has been taken to a Minnesota hospital in unknown condition after being shot by police while inside a car with a woman and a child.
St. Anthony Police interim police chief Jon Mangseth told reporters at a news conference that the incident began when an officer from his agency initiated a traffic stop around 9 p.m. Wednesday in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb.
Mangseth says he didn’t have “much information” about what led to the shooting.
He says the woman and child weren’t hurt.
A video posted Wednesday night on Facebook Live appeared to show an incident like the one police described. The video showed a woman sitting in a car with a man whose shirt appeared to be soaked in blood, saying an officer shot her boyfriend.
The Associated Press couldn’t immediately verify the authenticity of the video. Mangseth says police are aware of the video but wouldn’t comment further.
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