US woman livestreams on Facebook after police shoot boyfriend
Philando Castile died after being shot by a police officer who pulled him over for a broken tail light.
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MILWAUKEE - A woman live-streamed a 10-minute video posted on YouTube and Facebook which she said showed the aftermath of the shooting of her boyfriend by a Minneapolis-St Paul area police officer.
The video begins with the woman, identified on her Facebook page as Lavish Reynolds, in the passenger seat describing what had happened moments before, while a black man covered in blood sat in the driver's seat as a police officer pointed a gun into the vehicle.
The woman said her boyfriend had just been pulled over for a broken tail light and explained that he had a gun he was licensed to carry.
"He was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out of his pocket," she said. "He let the officer know that he had a firearm and that he was reaching for his wallet, and the officer just shot him in his arm."
Police said a handgun was recovered at the scene and that the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was investigating the incident.
"F**k," a distraught man is heard screaming in the video. "I told him not to reach for it."
Officers told the woman to keep her hands up as a small child is heard briefly crying in the background.
WATCH: An edited video of Lavish Reynolds's Faceboo livestream. WARNING: Contains footage which may disturb sensitive viewers.
The Minneapolis _Star Tribune _reported relatives and friends identified the man as Philando Castile, 32. He was a cafeteria supervisor at a school in the St Paul district, according to the newspaper.
"He doesn't deserve this," the woman was heard saying as she cried in the video. "He was a good man."
The incident came hours after the US Justice Department said it had opened an investigation into Tuesday's fatal shooting of a black man in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by two police officers.
The use of force by police against blacks in cities from Ferguson, Missouri, to Baltimore and New York has come under heavy scrutiny.
A statement from the St Anthony Police Department said an unidentified black man was wounded during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, at 9pm local time. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
Local media showed protesters on Thursday morning gathered outside of the mansion of Governor Mark Dayton in St Paul, about 15km southeast of the scene of the incident.
The incident, as well as the shooting of Alton Sterling, has sparked outrage on social media as well, with many people voicing their anger over the killings of two black men.