Two recent police shootings have set off a chain of events that must be stopped. A false narrative is dangerously spreading at an unprecedented speed, and cops in 4 states thus far were shot or killed within 24 hours because of it. However, there are 4 truths about the Philando Castile shooting that change everything, and everyone needs to know them as quickly as possible — before another cop dies.
With police officers shot or killed in Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Georgia, the mainstream media is now reporting on these “protests” rather than the facts surrounding the officer-involved shootings that set things off. The Falcon Heights, Minnesota police shooting of Philando Castile is based around a false narrative, and the facts are being ignored. However, 4 points vastly change the rhetoric that uninformed people have fallen victim to, and it’s time to clear them up right now.
1. Initial reports about the Philando Castile shooting all came from the now-viral video, which wasn’t as it appeared.
As Castile was bleeding and dying, his girlfriend Lavish “Diamond” Reynolds felt it was the perfect time to live-stream on Facebook, narrating what happened, according to her. Although we already reported on discrepancies in her video, it’s important to mention that all initial reports seemed to take her word. The events reported were not fact. They were allegations from her bizarre video, in which she was eerily calm. Unfortunately, she is a liar, which becomes evident in all the other points to follow.
The video was captured with the rear facing camera option on the phone by Facebook Livestream Video, so the uploaded video is a reversed mirror image. Although it appeared Reynolds was in the driver’s seat and Castile was a passenger, Castile was actually driving the vehicle.
2. Castile wasn’t pulled over for a tail light. He matched the description of an armed robbery suspect.
Castile and Reynolds were pulled over by Saint Anthony, MN, Police Officers Jeronimo Yanez and Joseph Kauser because Castile matched the suspect profile in a BOLO (Be On Look Out) Alert for an armed robbery at a convenience store on July 2 only a few blocks from where the car was pulled over.
The BOLO Alert was issued and images were given to the media and law enforcement officers on July 5. Castile was pulled over on July 6. From the recording of the radio dispatch, it’s evident Officer Yanez pulled Castile over because the officer believed he could be a suspect in the armed robbery.
“I’m going to stop a car. I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over,” Yanez said. “The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery. The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide-set nose.” It was only a minute and a half later that the recording captured the first report that shots were fired.
Castile matched the physical description of the robbery suspect, given by eye witnesses:
[…] The other suspect was described as a black man with shoulder-length dreadlocks, who wore tan pants, tan shoes with white soles, a green jacket, a green baseball cap and glasses, the release says. He also had some of his hair pulled into a bun through the strap on the back of his hat and had a small mustache and facial hair on his chin.
Clothes similar to those noted by the eye witness for the robbery suspect are also seen in Facebook images of Castile. According to a press release from the St. Anthony Police Department, the two convenient store robbery suspects took “cash from the register and cartons of Newport cigarettes,” which just so happens to be what Ms. Diamond Reynolds smokes.
Although it’s still unknown whether Castile actually committed the robbery, Officer Yanez had good reason to believe Castile could be a suspect and that changed the approach toward the vehicle.
3. Castile was armed, but he did not have a concealed carry permit (CCP) from the local county sheriff.
When the mirror image of the video is corrected, a gun is seen on Castile’s thigh in part of the footage. This explains why Officer Yanez repeatedly told Reynolds not to reach toward her boyfriend. The firearm also appears to be the same type used in the armed robbery of the convenience store four days earlier, according to The Conservative Treehouse.
Reynolds claimed that Castile was holding a CCP for the firearm, seen resting on his left thigh, but according to a question presented to the local county sheriff who oversees the Concealed Carry Permit process, Castile never requested a concealed carry permit from their office.
While it’s possible that a CCP may have been obtained in another county, there is no factual evidence that Castile had a CCP — only the words of his girlfriend. Although CCP ownership is being amplified by the media, it is largely irrelevant due to the context of the situation. Being a “legal” gun carrier does not mean that one is incapable of doing something illegal with their firearm — lest we forget Omar Mateen?
4. The last thing you need to know is that you don’t know enough.
Many people have spread an entirely false narrative across social media, causing innocent officers to become targets. Therefore, it is crucial that the truth behind the incident is exposed with the same insistence as the rhetoric from Black Lives Matter and others, who are simply uninformed or underinformed.
We can hope that this incident teaches society a lesson, and that’s this: You don’t know enough. Do not fan the flames of division, pitting cop against civilian and civilian against cop based on one piece of questionable evidence. There’s always more to the story. Unfortunately, before it’s given a chance to get out, cops are killed. Educate before it’s too late.
This is an ongoing case and investigation. What is covered in this article is what was known at the time of its publication.