Philando Castile was recorded by his girlfriend after being shot numerous times during a routine traffic stop in Minnesota. The aftermath was uploaded via Facebook Live and instantly gained national attention. Now, the family of Castile is speaking out about what this means for Black America.
Clarence Castile, Philando’s uncle, and Valerie Castile, Philando’s mother, sat down with CNN to discuss their reaction to Philando’s awful death.
Valerie discussed driving to the site to find her son and being told that he was taken to a faraway hospital. She later told the reporter that after going to the hospital, medical officials did not allow her to see her son at all, not even to identify the body.
Also, Clarence was upset that the officer continued to point a gun at Philando, even after he lay there bloody and swollen. Both Clarence and Valerie could not believe that the officer had the audacity to shoot into a car with a child in the backseat.
The interview continues on until Valerie speaks out against the national implications of this shooting.
“We’re being hunted every day,” Valerie begins. “It’s a silent war against African-Americans…we’re never free.”
And right there, in one statement, Valerie Castile sums up what we’ve been trying to say this whole time. Maybe this time, someone will listen.
The full video can be seen below.