#PhilandoCastile: Shock & anger as world reacts to black man's killing by police
Philando Castile was killed while sitting in his car alongside his girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter after being pulled over for a broken taillight. He had just informed the officer he was carrying a licensed concealed weapon.
Online reaction to the shooting dead of 32-year-old Castile has been one of disgust, particularly given it happened so soon after the death of Alton Sterling. Many are shocked at the reckless behavior of the police.
Many used the fact that Castile was carrying a licensed gun when shot to address the NRA’s stance on firearms, asking “All you ‘Dont you take my guns’ folks. Are you going to stand for #PhilandoCastile?!”
All you "Dont you take my guns" folks. Are you going to stand for #PhilandoCastile?! A licensed gun owner shot over a broken tail light?— Tracie Thoms (@traciethoms) July 7, 2016
For some the video of Castile bleeding in the car produced a pure emotional response. “I am broken” one person said.
"It's okay mommy. It's okay, I'm right here with you" #PhilandoCastile's girlfriend's 4yo daughter said to her mother. & I am broken.— deray mckesson (@deray) July 7, 2016
Another day, another hashtag. You didn't deserve this, brother. You didn't deserve this. #PhilandoCastile— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) July 7, 2016
A cop kept his gun drawn on a INNOCENT dying man he shot and his girlfriend, instead of helping him.. Speechless and sad. #PhilandoCastile— AJ (@lifeofcorp) July 7, 2016
With another death of an African-American at the hands of police one twitter user criticized their compassion for the people they should be protecting. “Not help. No sense of humanity. I'm tired.”
#PhilandoCastile he was slumped over DYING and the cop continued to point his gun towards him. Not help. No sense of humanity. I'm tired.— Jaz of All Trades ™ (@_Jazzy26) July 7, 2016
Why are we still reporting it as "an officer involved in the shooting" please? Let's call a murderer a murderer. #PhilandoCastile— Kathrine (@ka_th_ri_ne) July 7, 2016