Lavish “Diamond” Reynolds is the girlfriend of Philando Castile, African-American, who was shot killed by police officers in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Reynolds was able to capture the shooting on her phone and posted it on Facebook Live. After, Reynold’s was detained she recounts the events of the shooting while speaking in front of the governor’s mansion in St. Paul Minnesota. Reynold’s says she wants justice for Castile and explains why she began recording the incident.
“I chose to allow the video to go live… because I wanted everybody in the world to see what the police do,” she said. “It is not right. It is not acceptable. I didn’t do it for pity, I didn’t do it for fame, I did it so the world knows these police are not here to protect and serve us. They are here to assassinate us. They are here to kill us because we are black.”
Reynolds says she was not given water or food while she was detained until 5 a.m. The police took her phone away as evidence, and she was unable to contact family members or check on Castile’s condition. She states that the police did not inform her of Castile’s death until 3 a.m. although they knew that he was dead. She also shared that the police gave her false information of Castile’s location.
“They told me he was at Regions Hospital. When I got to Regions Hospital, he was not there, he was at HCMC. I never got to see him again, I never got to say my last words.”
Reynold’s urges governor Mark Dayton to protect people who are legally licensed to carry a firearm and focus in on police officers that are not upholding their duties as officers of the law. She also shared that the state will be paying for Castile’s funeral.
Watch the full video of Reynold’s account below.