Girlfriend of black Minneapolis man killed by cops wants independent investigation

A Minnesota prosecutor says his office has not met with the family of Philandro Castile, who was shot and killed by an officer in suburban St. Paul this week.

Littau said Facebook has an obligation to users who want to opt out, and that if live-streaming police shootings becomes a growing trend, Facebook may need to reconsider its autoplay feature or be clear that disabling it is an option. "She's not calm right now", said an aunt, Joyce Doty, who lives in IN and was rushing to Minnesota to be with her niece. "But again the public needs to understand we have to have the total picture and that is what investigators are looking at", he said. "As a member, your silence is unnerving".

Funds are pouring in for two campaigns set up in memory of Castile, whose death was captured on a Facebook Live video shot by his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds.

"I wanted everyone in the world to know that no matter how much the police tamper with evidence, how much they stick together ..." A man was killed for exercising his second amendment rights. "I'm right here with you".

As protests erupt in Baton Rouge and other cities over Sterling's death, Lavish Reynolds is left to mourn her boyfriend, Castile, who was gunned down in the vehicle while their 4-year-old daughter was driving in the backseat. With Castile's death making so many headlines, they find it very unusual that the NRA has remained silent on his death when it seems to be connected to a gun issue.

In the Minnesota shooting, the woman propped up her smartphone, pressed a couple of buttons and instantly was on Facebook live, explaining that her boyfriend, Philando Castile, had been shot by police.

TechCrunch reports that Reynolds' video was taken down by Facebook for an hour due to what the social network described as a "technical glitch". "I told him not to reach for it!"

"Hashtags are not enough", she writes. I want to remember him the way I last saw him leaving my home earlier that evening. Police officers mercilessly tackled Sterling to the ground, restrained and shot him at point-blank range. "He was just getting his licence and registration, sir". As she wails, her young daughter can be heard beside her, saying, "It's OK, Mommy".

Authorities also said a gun was recovered at the scene, but that they could not legally disclose whether Castile had a concealed-carry permit.

"I know for a fact that my son would never jeopardize his fiancee and that child by doing anything to provoke this officer", said Valerie Castile. "And they tend to be our executioners and judges and murderers".

Less than twelve hours after the tragic killing of five police officers, the NRA has issued a statement offering condolences to the families of the officers - but so far has remained silent about the deaths of African Americans Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. The shooting occurred during a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration, and many Black Lives Matter groups have condemned the shooting, according to ABC News.

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