Woman who posted live Facebook video of shooting: 'They took his life for no reason'
The woman who posted a live Facebook video of her boyfriend after he was shot and killed by police spoke to the media Thursday morning, saying they "took his life for no reason."
Relatives identified the man seen bloodied in the video as Philando Castile of St. Paul, a 32-year-old cafeteria supervisor at a Montessori school.
A post published by Tilia Tequila on Facebook showed Diamond Reynolds approaching media members after she was released from jail, describing the chaos that left her loved one dead.
Reynolds reiterated that her boyfriend was reaching for his license and registration when he told the officer he was "licensed to carry."
That's when the witness said Castile was shot 4-5 times.
"They did this to my daughter and they did this to me, and I want justice. And I want peace," she said.
She's heard in the 20-minute-long video crying as she hugs loved ones around her.
"The police did this to me. They took an innocent man away from us. He didn't do anything. He did exactly what the police asked."
People surrounded her, praying.
"It's not right! It's not right!" Reynolds is heard exclaiming, also stating her daughter - who was in the car at the time of the shooting - will be "forever scarred" by the events.
"He took his last breath in front of us."
Other people are heard in the background lobbying for justice.
"It could've been you!" she said, "it could've been any of us."
Reynolds said the officer involved in the shooting shouldn't be with his family, and instead should be in jail.
"They took a black man away," she continued, stating Castile was 9 days away from celebrating his birthday. She told reporters he was turning 35, but it was later clarified he was turning 33.
"I thank the world for supporting me."