By Nick Anderson and Rachel RipponPosted September 13, 2018 11:32:24A friend of Philando’s told BuzzFeed News he wasn’t hurt by the police when they shot and killed him.
“No, I didn’t think it was going to be like that,” said his friend, whose name was withheld to protect his safety.
“They had no idea what he was capable of.”
Philando Castille was shot by police during a traffic stop on August 6, 2016, while driving a white Chevrolet Malibu near the University of Minnesota.
The car pulled up next to a group of protesters, who began shouting racial slurs at the officers.
The officers fired their weapons, killing Castille.
His friend said he was not wearing a body camera at the time, but he was still in shock when the shooting happened.
“He was in his car, his eyes were closed, and he was talking to his friend and he told him, ‘I can’t breathe,'” said his brother, Philando, during an interview with BuzzFeed News.
“He was talking and he wasn, like, ‘Please, please don’t shoot me.'”
In a statement released Friday afternoon, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said it is “deeply saddened” by the death of Philandamon Castile.
“The officers involved in this incident have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation,” the statement read.
“At this time, the department is working closely with law enforcement officials to determine what led to the officers’ actions and how they can be addressed.”
A spokesperson for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) told BuzzFeed that the investigation is ongoing and that the BCA is providing “any assistance that the department requests.”
The BCA did not immediately respond to requests for comment from BuzzFeed News about the timeline of the investigation.
In the days after Castile’s death, the Black Lives Matter movement launched a national campaign calling for police accountability and the resignation of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.
In a video released by the Black Youth Project 100 (BLP100) in December, a man identified as Eric Garner, a black man, said that “police brutality is real, and it’s something that affects every family in the country.”
Black Lives Matter has also demanded the resignation, and the organization has called for the release of Philander Castile and a full investigation into the shooting.
In February, a day after the shooting, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said she would ask the BAC to review its use of force policies and implement training.
On Thursday, Hodges met with a group that included the Black Panthers, the Minneapolis chapter of the Black Panther Party, and others.
The Black Lives Matters Minneapolis chapter was formed by activists from Black Lives United for Social Change, a group led by the late activist Rev. Jesse Jackson.
“This is the first time that I’ve been in this room with the Black Liberation Army, or BLM, or Black Liberation Movement, and all of a sudden they’re talking about how to end police violence,” Hodges told reporters.
“We have to have a real conversation about how do we go forward with these issues, how do people in this community deal with it, how can we get out of the way?
We’re going to have to get out the way.
That’s the only way we can end this problem.
That is the only path to a real solution.”