Philando Castile's Girlfriend Speaks Out: 'I Need Justice; I Need Peace'

Jul 7, 2016

Diamond "Lavish" Reynolds, the woman who live-streamed the aftermath of a police shooting that left her boyfriend dead, is demanding justice.

Reynolds delivered an emotional soliloquy to the activists and reporters who had gathered in front of the Minnesota governor's mansion in St. Paul on Thursday.

"They took his life for no reason," she said. "They did this to my daughter and they did this to me and I want justice and I want peace." Reynolds' 4-year-old daughter was with her and Philando Castile when he was shot.

Reynolds said a police officer opened fire as Castile reached for his wallet. She said that police didn't provide first aid to Castile and then kept her in custody into the early morning without giving her food or water.

Reynolds said that she started to live-stream her encounter because she wanted the world to see the truth. She was afraid that police would tell a different story.

"I did it so that the world knows that these police are not here to protect and serve us," she said. "They are here to assassinate us. They are here to kill us because we are black."

Reynolds described Castile as a gentle, hardworking man, who had welcomed her daughter as his own. Reynolds said that she will get through this but she's not sure how her daughter, who witnessed the shooting and aftermath, will fare.

We'll leave with a video of Reynolds' full comments:

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.