Since Philando Castile’s tragic death by the hands of the St. Anthony police, the question on many of our minds has been, “Why?”
Audio recently released finally gives us that answer: Castile wasn’t pulled over because of a broken tail light as previously reported. He was pulled over because he matched the description of a robbery suspect with a “wide set nose.
Yes. A wide set nose. Apparently now that is a crime too.
According to the audio obtained by KARE 11 News, a police officer on the scanner said, “I’m going to stop a car. I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over.” He continued, “The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery. The driver looks like one of our suspects, because of the wide set nose.”
A few minutes later, shots rang out, which was also caught on the audio.
Officer: “Shots fired Larpenteur and Fry.”
Dispatch: “Copy you just heard it? … You just heard the shots fired?”
Officer: (screaming) “Code 3! Shots fired.”
Dispatch: “Copy shots fired Larpenteur and Fry. Do you need medics?”
Officer: “Code 3!”
Dispatch: “Copy. Medics — code 3 to Larpenteur and Fry.”
Officer: “One adult female taken into custody. Driver at gunpoint.”
Listening to the audio, Castile’s girlfriend, who also videotaped Castile’s death, stresses that she nor her deceased boyfriend matched the description on the scanner. Castile’s uncle also weighed in, telling the news that the only reason his nephew was pulled over was because of racial profiling.
“I just thought it was kind of insane to pull somebody over saying they matched a robbery suspect by having flared nostrils,” Clarence Castile said. “It is kind of hard to see flared nostrils from a car.”
He added that his family is hiring a private investigator to look into his nephew’s death in hopes to get an unbiased understanding of what happened.
“That is what is next. That is what is next. So we can get an unbiased account of what happened step by step. Dash board cams. Audio or video the police may have in their possession,” Clarence Castile said.
“We have to get my nephew buried and laid to rest in a good and honorable way. And after that, that is when the fight begins. That is when we are going to start working to get serious justice.”
The St. Anthony police have yet to comment on the audio, confirm what robbery they were referring in relation to believing Castile was a suspect or that this is the audio linked to Castile’s death. However, KARE 11 News claims that the license plate recited in the audio matched Castile’s.
Of course, Twitter had a lot to say about these new developments: