The incidents of police shootings and the shooting of police has us all emotional this week, but the fiancée of the man who was killed by a cop after being pulled over for a supposed broken taillight, Philando Castile, has been praised for her composure. Diamond Reynolds not only had the presence of mind to live-stream the immediate aftermath of the shooting, but just two days later, she appeared on CNN to help put this horrible week into perspective.
"Today is not about justice, and getting justice. It's about all of the families that have lost people," she said. "This thing that happened in Dallas, it's not because of something that transpired in Minnesota... this is bigger than Philando. This is bigger than Trayvon Martin. This is bigger than Sandra Bland. This is bigger than all of us."
She continued, "So today, I just want justice for everyone. Everyone around the world. Not just for my boyfriend and the good man that he was. Because, I'm going to continue to stay strong for him, and I want all of you guys to do the same."
A short while later, however, Reynolds's emotions did get the better of her for a moment when she visibly teared up when talking about the tragedy that has befallen her and Castile's family.
"I want my justice, I want that police officer's name to go public and I want people to know who who did this to us," she said tearfully.
The magnitude of what Ms. Reynolds has gone through can't be underestimated, and her continued composure in the aftermath is beyond admirable.
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