A white police officer fatally shot a black man during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis area, local law enforcement said on Thursday, and the victim’s fiancee streamed live footage of the gruesome aftermath on the internet.
The death of the man identified by family as Philando Castile, 32, came hours after the U.S. Justice Department said it had opened an investigation into Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a black man in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by two police officers.
“I never once in my life would have thought that my son would be killed by the persons that were supposed to protect and serve him,” his mother, Valerie Castile, said on CNN.
The use of force by police against blacks in cities from Ferguson, Missouri, to Baltimore and New York has come under heavy scrutiny.
Valerie Castile described her son as a “laid back” but industrious man who worked as a school cafeteria supervisor and enjoyed playing video games. He had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, she said.
Castile, who was waiting for permission to see her son’s body, said she wanted the officer to be prosecuted.
A statement from the St. Anthony Police Department said only that an unidentified black man was wounded during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, at 9 p.m. local time. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.