Last week, the video of the death of Philando Castile went viral.
Castile’s girlfriend began streaming his death live to Facebook right after he was shot four times. She remained extremely calm, obeying the officer’s orders as he commanded them. She narrates that the two had been stopped for a taillight that was out, and the police shot Castile as he informed the officer that he was armed – but had a concealed carry permit that he was going to grab.
As anyone who watched the video knows, it was difficult to watch. But it’s important not to rush to judgement based solely-on emotion in cases like this. Before anyone jumps to any conclusions, it should be known that the officer had reason to pull Castile over – and to be suspicious.
KARE11 TV in Minnesota has published what may be police dispatch audio showing that Philando Castile was stopped because the police officer who shot him thought he looked like an armed robbery suspect because of “the wide set nose.”
You can listen to the audio above or here. KARE cautions that the TV station received the audio from a viewer and has not been able to verify the dispatch audio with the St. Anthony Village Police Department.
The audio aired by the TV station starts with a male voice, purported to be the officer, saying:
“I’m going to stop a car. I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over.”
“The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery,” the man in the audio adds. “The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose.”
Does this mean that Castile actually carried out that armed robbery? Of course not – and it hasn’t yet been proven that he was the suspect caught on video, but it does go to prove that the officer didn’t pull him over for no reason, and certainly had reason to be suspect with an armed robber on the loose.