The line of people wanting to speak just kept growing. NAACP Minneapolis President Nekima Levy- Pounds had called a 10am news conference outside of Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s residence to urge him to take action in the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile. She and many other protesters had been there overnight.
Levy-Pounds told the crowd that as dawn broke, St. Paul police started to direct the crowd to leave the street in front of the governor’s mansion. She protested and eventually the new police chief of St. Paul stopped by, apologized for the action and ordered his officers to block the street so the protesters could exercise their free speech rights. She praised the police for doing so, but it was one of the few good things she would say about police this day. For the next several hours she emceed a parade of people who ranted against the systemic and overt racism that can be found in Minnesota.
These videos capture most of what happened. There are moments of rage, frustration and prayer. We hear from Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Castile, who was with him in the car when police shot him a few hours earlier. She had calmly live streamed video of the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook. She was calm no more. “One shot, two shots, three shots, four shots, five shots,” she yelled describing to the crowd what happened Wednesday night when a St. Anthony police officer had opened fire on Castile. She said the officer had asked to see Castile’s license and registration. She said Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker, explained he had a permit to carry a concealed weapon. She said it was when Castile moved to comply with the officer’s directive to show his license that the officer opened fire.
Dayton speaks to crowd, videos.
Video at top: Reynolds, Dayton & others speak
Videos at bottom: Rage, Frustration & Prayer
Dayton stood and listened to Reynolds and others speak before he briefly addressed the crowd. He promised action, a promise that rang hollow to many of those gathered — because they had seen many previous investigations of police shootings end without a public trial of the officers involved.
Once Dayton returned to inside his residence, the throng of media started to drift away. But the line of people who felt compelled to speak continued to grow. Below, you’ll find most of what happened in the several hours that followed. The UpTake recorded until we ran out of room on our camera. There are moments that may anger you, may cause you to weep, but may also give you a little hope.