Both Sterling and Castile lost their lives as a result of Police gunfire in heavily controversial and scrutinized tactics that were managed to be caught by video camera.
Below is the video taken by Castile’s girlfriend (who also had her four-year old daughter in the back seat) that shows the aftermath of the shooting.
Breaking News in Minnesota. Family pulled over and officer open fires on driver for reaching for his license. pic.twitter.com/qu6WUKRrR8
— MarQuis Trill (@6BillionPeople) July 7, 2016
According to Castile’s girlfriend, Castile was shot multiple times in the left arm after reaching for his identification during a traffic stop for a busted tail light. Castile, who according to reports was a licensed firearm carrier informed the police prior to reaching for his identification that he had a weapon in the car.
Notably, protests broke out in New York City as a result of the deaths.
— Ema O'Connor (@o_ema) July 7, 2016
— Ema O'Connor (@o_ema) July 8, 2016
Protests were also prevalent in Chicago where some demonstrations blocked traffic.
— Audrina Bigos (@AudrinaBigos) July 7, 2016
— 2Pac4Ever (@BaburRealer) July 7, 2016