Excerpt from the Washington Post:
She had been feeling the impact of policing on every moment of her life since July 6, the day an officer pulled over her boyfriend, Philando Castile, in the suburb of Falcon Heights for at least his 46th minor traffic stop in the past 13 years. “Again?” Diamond remembered saying to Castile that day, as the officer asked to see his license and registration. Castile, 32, reached down toward his waistband, where he kept not only his wallet but also a gun that he was licensed to carry. The officer shot him four times, and then Diamond took out her phone to record, just as she had done during a few of Castile’s other traffic stops. “Stay with me,” she told her boyfriend, as blood spread across his white T-shirt and she started to live-stream on Facebook.
For those next 10 minutes of video, she had become both the emotional catalyst and the cleareyed narrator in the debate over American policing: somehow composed, somehow cordial, continuing to live-stream even as the officer aimed his gun in her direction and screamed profanities, telling him “yes, sir” and “I will, sir” and “no worries” while she spoke into the camera and contradicted his version of the shooting in real time.
9/6/16- Jacque Reid goes Inside Her Story with Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile and her attorney Larry Rogers about the status of the case and how difficult life has been for her since the shooting death Castile.
On her daily struggle to move on:
“It’s heartbreaking because it’s not in a way that I want to be recognized. I respect the fact that people all over the world are praying for me, but I don’t want to be remembered for the wrong reason,” Reynolds said. “Everyday is a battle. I only have one family member in Minnesota and she has her own life. It’s hard to just try to be the model citizen that I was before.”
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Diamond Reynolds: ‘I Don’t Want To Be Recognized For The Wrong Thing, But It’s Hard’ was originally published on blackamericaweb.com