The dramatic live Facebook video of Philando Castle bleeding to death in his car is heartbreaking and emotional.
But the media narrative – that he was pulled over for a broken taillight and that he was shot after reaching for his wallet and explaining to officers he had a gun and a carry permit.
That narrative came from Lavish “Diamond” Reynolds, Castle’s girlfriend. Given what happened, I’m not blaming her for anything she says really. And the media, politicians and race-baiters have taken this story and ran with it.
The problem is: It simply isn’t true.
AlphaNewsMN has discovered that the real reason Castle was pulled over is because he matched the description of an armed robbery that happened just a few blocks from where Castle was pulled over. Here’s the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s alert just the day before:
Not only that, KARE11 is reporting that police scanner audio capturing the moments leading up to the altercation shows the officer’s motivation:
“I’m going to stop a car,” the officer says on the recording. “I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over.”
“The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery,” the officer says. “The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose,” the officer continues.
A minute and a half later, the recording captures the first report that there was a shooting.
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.”
In addition, if Castle actually had a carry permit, he didn’t get it from the agency he lives in:
@cameron_dehart Mr. Castile never applied for a permit to carry with our office. Therefore we did not issue his permit.
— Ramsey Sheriff (MN) (@RamseySheriff) July 7, 2016
Now, this doesn’t mean he didn’t actually have a permit, only that there’s no factual evidence stating he did.
Castle may very well not have been the suspect in the armed robbery. But it explains why the officer pulled him over – and why he might be a bit nervous.
It’s a tragedy and it certainly looks like it never should have happened. But will you hear this in the mainstream media? Will they admit that Castle wasn’t stopped because of a broken taillight, or that he was shot because he was black? Of course not, because that doesn’t fit the narrative of trigger-happy racist cops.