Diamond Reynolds' Daughter Pleads In Disturbing New Philando Castile Video: 'I Don’t Want You to Get Shooted'

Screenshot via YouTube/Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

In a new video released Tuesday, Philando Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, can be heard begging police to check whether he is still alive and crying out in prayer after Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Castile seven times during a traffic stop last year. Her four-year-old daughter can also be heard trying to calm her down over fears she will also be shot.

The video, which runs nearly 90 minutes long, was released by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in response to records requests and was first published on Twitter by Tony Webster, an independent journalist. It was made public along with the chilling dashcam video that showed Yanez firing into the car just seconds after first making contact with Castile, who told officers he had a gun he was licensed to carry.


“His license and registration was in his wallet!” Reynolds shouts in the video, which takes place after Castile was shot and Reynolds and her daughter were removed from the car. Reynolds is handcuffed in the back of a squad car with her daughter when the video begins. “You told him to get it, sir! He tried to tell you he was licensed to carry!”


“Please don’t tell me my boyfriend’s gone!” she screams. An officer can be heard informing Reynolds that authorities are checking on Castile. “He don’t deserve this!”

She continued: “He’s a good man, he works for St. Paul Public Schools, he doesn’t have no records of anything, he’s never been to jail, anything! He’s not a gang member, anything!”

Reynolds then began praying out loud for Castile’s life to be spared. As the heartbreaking footage rolls on, Reynolds and her four-year-old daughter can be seen alternately sobbing and comforting each other.


About 12 minutes into the video, Reynolds’ daughter pleads with her to stop swearing so that she won’t also be shot by police.

“Mom, please stop cussing and screaming ‘cause I don’t want you to get shooted,” the girl says in the video. When Reynolds responds to ask for a kiss, the girl replies: “I can keep you safe.”




Reynolds captured the immediate aftermath of the shooting—which showed Castile in the car with his shirt soaked in blood—in a horrifying video streamed on Facebook Live.

On Friday, a jury in Ramsey County, MN, found Yanez not-guilty of manslaughter for his role in Castile’s death.

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