The day after she streamed the death of her boyfriend Philando Castile on Facebook Live, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension began working to obtain records from Diamond Reynolds’ phone. The MCA was in charge of the investigation of Castile and immediately obtained search warrants to Sprint and for Facebook to go through her records. Going even further then that, they requested that Sprint and Facebook do not inform Diamond Reynolds of the investigation.
Sprint gladly complied and turned over Reynolds’ call records, voicemails, and cell tower information that revealed her location. However Facebook was opposed to the search and argued against it. After weeks of talks between a Facebook lawyer and the BCA the warrant was dropped. Now the problem was that they first wanted records of a four-day period of Reynolds. Whereas for the shooting police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, they only wanted one phone record of the day of the incident.
Diamond in her own words felt like a “victim,” stating:
“I was treated like a criminal,” she said on the day after the shooting. “I was treated like I was the one who did this.”
Her lawyer thinks this was a mass invasion of her privacy. This case definitely opens up a discussion about how deep can the government search into your personal life in doing any investigations, this may be too far.