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'That was my best friend': Video of police shooting aftermath in MN sparks outrage

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A man from St. Paul has died after being shot by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and the aftermath was livestreamed by his girlfriend on Facebook.

Philando Castile, 32, died from his injuries after being pulled over for a traffic stop and shot by a St. Anthony police officer, with his girlfriend, Lavish "Diamond" Reynolds, broadcasting the moments after Castile was shot, saying it was "for no apparent reason, no reason at all."

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It's the second incident of the shooting of a black man by police being caught on camera in America on Wednesday, after the death of Alton Sterling sparked protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

BringMeTheNews has rolling coverage of the fallout from the shooting, click here to see the latest.

What happened Wednesday night

According to St. Anthony PD, officers carried out the stop on Larpenteur and Fry at around 9 p.m. and during the stop, "shots were fired" and a handgun was recovered at the scene. Reynolds said they were pulled over for a broken tail light.

The officer is heard to say in the video: "I told him not to reach for it, I told him to get his hand out."

Reynolds is heard saying Castile told the officer he was reaching into the pocket to get his wallet out, which contained his driver's license, and also told the officer he was carrying a gun – which he had a permit to carry.

"Please, officer, don’t tell me that you just did this to him," she calmly tells the officer as her boyfriend lies slumped beside her. “You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”

The woman's 4-year-old daughter was sitting in the back seat at the time.

Castile was later pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Video quickly spreads online

Word of Castile's death has spread worldwide, with #FalconHeightsShooting currently trending on Twitter.

You can see the video below – but be warned it is extremely graphic and disturbing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSOXA9Zc9lw

Outrage and frustration quickly spread, with dozens of demonstrators heading to the Governor's Mansion in St. Paul late Wednesday.

Some stayed overnight, and Thursday morning there were prayers, chants and speakers in front of the governor's residence.

"That was my best friend," Reynolds said as she spoke to people at the scene.

Dayton: 'A horrible tragedy, a senseless tragedy'

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Speaking at a press conference Thursday morning Gov. Mark Dayton told a crowd of protesters: "On behalf of all decent Minnesotans, which is almost all of us, we are shocked and horrified by what occurred last night.

"It's a horrible tragedy and a senseless tragedy ... this behavior is unacceptable and not normal in Minnesota.

"I promise I will do everything in our power to see that justice will be served in Minnesota. All avenues will be pursued."

Dayton also revealed he has spoken this morning with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, who was aware of the situation and is said to be "shocked and concerned."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox9XlXM89Aw&feature=youtu.be

'They killed my son'

The Star Tribune reports that Castile is a cafeteria supervisor at the J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul.

Castile's mother told the newspaper: "They killed my son. They took a good man, a hard-working man, he worked since he was 18 years old."

The Pioneer Press reports that a large crowd gathered at the scene and later outside the Governor's Residence in St. Paul, honking on car horns and shouting "Wake up! Wake up!"

The Minnesota courts system shows that Castile has a minor criminal history, with nothing more serious than a misdemeanor on his record.

All of his misdemeanor and petty misdemeanors are traffic-related and date back to 2002, which include driving without insurance, driving after license revocation, driving without a seatbelt, and improper display of license plate.

The shooting will be investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Apprehension.

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