At about 9 p.m. Wednesday night a St. Anthony police officer on patrol in the neighboring suburb of Falcon Heights made a traffic stop. Shots were fired and a man later died of his injuries, police said.
Family members identified the man as Philando Castile, 32, who worked for the St. Paul Public Schools as a cafeteria supervisor. He was in the car with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter.
Reynolds recorded the minutes following the shooting and livestreamed it all through Facebook. You can watch the video in this post but be warned it is very graphic.
Reynolds can be heard in the video saying when they were pulled over for a broken tail light, Castile told the officer he had a permit to carry a gun and was armed. She says Castile was reaching for his wallet to show his ID when he was shot four or five times.
The officer can be heard saying, "I told him to get his hand out," with Reynolds responding, "He was just getting his license and registration, sir."
The video shows Castile soaked with blood, Reynolds saying he was shot for "no reason at all," and the 4-year-old trying to comfort her grieving mother.
It has been viewed millions of times.
Demonstrations in St. Paul
Early Thursday morning protesters demanding justice rallied in front of Gov. Mark Dayton's residence in St. Paul. Dayton came out to speak with them that morning, saying in part, "We are shocked and horrified by what occurred last night" and promising: "Justice will be served in Minnesota."
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is leading the investigation of the case. Dayton is among those who have called for the U.S. Justice Department to be involved and says he's been told the federal agency will monitor the BCA's investigation.
The shooting and response has also gotten the attention of the president.
Barack Obama said in a statement he is deeply disturbed by the shootings of black men by police officers in both Falcon Heights and Baton Rogue, Louisiana, this week. The president said the shootings are symptoms of "the broader challenges within our criminal justice system," racial disparities, and a lack of trust between law enforcement and communities they serve.
In the afternoon Gov. Dayton had more to say. While insisting he was not passing final judgment on the situation, Dayton said no one should be shot and killed in Minnesota over a tail light being out. He added that he did not think the shooting would have happened if the people in the car had been white.
In the evening supporters of Philando Castile held a vigil at the school where he worked. Anna Garnaas, a teacher at the elementary school, told the Washington Post “He just loved the kids ... He knew their names, he knew what they liked, he knew who had allergies. And they loved him.”