When Minnesota police shot and killed Philando Castile last week, the media served up a story about an innocent black man being gunned down by a racist white cop. None of that is even remotely true. Castile wasn’t a concealed weapons permit holder, he wasn’t pulled over for a broken taillight, and he was a suspect in an armed robbery. Hell, even the cop that shot him wasn’t white.
The Conservative House has blown this false media narrative surrounding the Castile shooting completely out of the water. Diamond Reynolds, Castile’s girlfriend, live-streamed the aftermath of the shooting on FaceBook and the media has used her version of things as fact. Her video doesn’t show the actual shooting or the events leading to it, just her sitting calmly beside her wounded boyfriend.
The first lie is that Castile was pulled over, and then shot, for having a busted taillight. As it turns out, there was an armed robbery in the area and Philando Castile and Diamond Reynolds matched the suspects. There was a BOLO (be on the look out) alert, and police officer Jeronimo Yanez recognized them from the surveillance video. The officer called it in and there is a recording of him telling dispatch he’s pulling the couple over because they match the descriptions of the armed robbers.
As you can see in the picture, the robber looks an awful lot like Castile. Same hair. Same beard.
According to the police report of the robbery, the thieves made off with cash and cartons of Newport cigarettes. There are several videos of Diamond Reynolds clutching a pack of Newports as she complains about police brutality. Just something to think about.
Lie #2 is that Philando Castile was a concealed weapons permit holder:
According to a question presented to the local county sheriff who oversees the Concealed Carry Permit process, Mr. Castile had never requested a concealed carry permit from their office.
It is possible a CCP was obtained in another county, however the media are conflating “permit to purchase” with “concealed carry permit”. For some reason the CCP ownership is being amplified; it really has no bearing and is largely irrelevant for the context of the situation. That said, there is no factual evidence Mr. Philando Castile had a CCP.
In the video shot by Reynolds you can see that Castile has his hand on a gun that is resting on his thigh. That is not concealed carry; that’s open carry and considering the circumstances brandishing.
The third lie is that office Yanez is white. Much like George Zimmerman he is Hispanic and I’m sure just like Zimmerman the media will eventually call him a “white Hispanic.”
So just how unjustified was this shooting? Let’s put everything together: A cop recognizes robbery suspects from a BOLO alert. He has reasonable cause and pulls them over. Castile has his hand on a gun that is resting in his lap. Officer Yanez draws his weapon and demands that Castile put his hands up. Castile makes a threatening motion and is shot. This cop did everything right. There is no law enforcement officer in the country who would have done things any differently.
As reported by NBC:
St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was reacting to “the presence of that gun and the display of that gun” when he opened fire on Castile, Minneapolis attorney Thomas Kelly told The Associated Press. He declined to elaborate on how Castile displayed the weapon or what led up to the deadly traffic stop.
Yanez “was reacting to the actions of the driver,” Kelly said. “This had nothing to do with race. This had everything to do with the presence of a gun.”
President Obama freaked out and Micah Johnson killed 5 cops based in part on this lie. A white cop didn’t kill a law-abiding black man over a busted taillight in Minnesota. A Hispanic cop shot an armed robbery suspect after he brandished a firearm. There is a huge difference here.