Philando Castile and the people who love him
Philando Castile's death crystallized a moment in history when technology changed the way we view, understand, and operate in the world. Understanding may never come for his family. But peace is plenty. Two years after Castile was shot and killed by a police officer, his uncle became a reserve police officer. Castile's spirit of helping others didn’t die.
On her birthday, his mother gifted more than $11,000 to Minneapolis Public Schools. A gift to help cover the negative lunch balances at schools within the district. Some of the money came from a charity that honors Philando. The same charity also helped erase the lunch debt of every student in St. Paul Public Schools. Philando, a former nutrition supervisor in St. Paul School district, used to buy lunch for students who couldn't afford meals. Diamond Reynolds, who was in the car with Philando the day of the shooting streamed the aftermath on Facebook live. Her young daughter was in the backseat.
“Stay with me,” Reynolds said on the live stream moments after Philando Castile was shot during a traffic stops on Larpenteur Avenue in Falcon Heights.
Facebook LIVE was the 911 call for Reynolds. The officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was charged with second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety by discharging a firearm in the shooting. A jury acquitted him on all charges.