Dispatches: Anger & Grief in St Paul Minnesota

Diamond Reynolds & her daughter at a rally for Philando Castile at the Governor's Mansion in St Paul, "He was a good man."

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.

All images © 2016 Lorie Shaull.

Diamond Reynolds & her daughter at a rally for Philando Castile at the Governor's Mansion in St Paul, "He was a good man."
Diamond Reynolds & her daughter at a rally for Philando Castile at the Governor’s Mansion in St Paul, “He was a good man.”

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.

Tyree Johnson, a cousin of Philando Castile holds on to Clarence Castile's shoulder during a rally outside the Governor's residence. Clarence Castile is Philando Castile's uncle.
Tyree Johnson, a cousin of Philando Castile holds on to Clarence Castile’s shoulder during a rally outside the Governor’s residence. Clarence Castile is Philando Castile’s uncle.
Minneapolis NAACP President, Nekima Valdez Levy-Pounds, leads the crowd in a chant, "Hands Up Don't Shoot."
Minneapolis NAACP President, Nekima Valdez Levy-Pounds, leads the crowd in a chant, “Hands Up Don’t Shoot.”

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.”

Governor Mark Dayton

 

As he spoke, Pastor Danny Givens turned to Governor Dayton and confronted him, “You keep telling us you’re going to do something. I just want you to put some action on it, put some respect on our people’s names. That’s all I want. I just want it to be real. This isn’t black anger. This is black grief!”
As he spoke, Pastor Danny Givens turned to Governor Dayton and confronted him, “You keep telling us you’re going to do something. I just want you to put some action on it, put some respect on our people’s names. That’s all I want. I just want it to be real. This isn’t black anger. This is black grief!”
As her mother speaks, Diamond Reynolds daughter is held by Nekima Levy-Pounds. Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith stand behind her.
As her mother speaks, Diamond Reynolds daughter is held by Nekima Levy-Pounds. Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith stands behind her.

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.

A man leaves flowers at a memorial for Philando Castile in Falcon Heights at the intersection of Larpenteur Avenue & Fry Street
A man leaves flowers at a memorial for Philando Castile in Falcon Heights at the intersection of Larpenteur Avenue & Fry Street
A Shame sign hangs on the gate of the Governor's residence on Saturday afternoon. It's one of many left there by demonstrators.
A Shame sign hangs on the gate of the Governor’s residence on Saturday afternoon. It’s one of many left there by demonstrators.
Chalk messages filled up many of the sidewalk space and road in front of the Governor's message on Saturday
Chalk messages filled up many of the sidewalk space and road in front of the Governor’s message on Saturday
At a rally on Sunday outside the St Anthony Police Department, a scroll containing a list of the names people who have been killed by Minnesota police since 1984 was unrolled showing Philando Castile's name as the latest entry.
At a rally on Sunday outside the St Anthony Police Department, a scroll containing a list of the names people who have been killed by Minnesota police since 1984 was unrolled showing Philando Castile’s name as the latest entry.
A young boy reaches under a scroll containing a list of people killed by police in Minnesota since 1984. The scroll was unrolled at a rally on Sunday in front of the St Anthony Police Department.
A young boy reaches under a scroll containing a list of people killed by police in Minnesota since 1984. The scroll was unrolled at a rally on Sunday in front of the St Anthony Police Department.
A Healing Benefit at Bedlam in downtown St Paul on Sunday evening
A Healing Benefit at Bedlam in downtown St Paul on Sunday evening