The morning after Philando Castile was killed in his car after being pulled over by police for a broken tail light in the Falcon Height neighborhood of St Paul, Minnesota, a protest rally was held at the Governor’s residence on Summit Avenue in St Paul. Diamond Reynolds, Castile’s girlfriend, who shot the iPhone footage after Philando had been shot was at the rally and spoke to the crowd, “He was loving, he was caring.” Since then, there has been an ongoing presence of protestors in front of the residence as well as a number of rallies in and around St. Paul. Over the weekend, I went back to the Governor’s residence and to a rally held outside the St. Anthony Police Department.
Her four year old daughter, also in the car at the time of the shooting, was at the rally as well as a number of Castile’s relatives.
Governor Mark Dayton came out to listen and spoke to the crowd. He said he’d reached out to President Obama as well as the U.S Attorney General, “this kind of behavior is unacceptable. It is not the norm in Minnesota.” A man in the crowd shouted back, “It is the norm. It’s normal for us.”
Throughout the day, people visited a makeshift memorial to stand vigil and to leave flowers at the location on Larpenteur Avenue in the Falcon Heights neighborhood of St Paul where Philando was shot and killed.