This is horrifying, and very telling about where these officers’ heads were.
A TV station in Minnesota has uncovered what looks to be police dispatch audio from the very call where Philando Castile ended up shot and killed during a traffic stop after police officers thought he was going for a gun rather than his driver’s license.
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Most disturbingly in the dispatch audio is the fact of why the officers pulled the car over in the first place — and it sure sounds like some disgusting racial profiling took place.
After a robbery in the area several days before the incident, cops were apparently on the lookout for the suspects, so when the report came in about Castile’s car, they decided to pull it over.
How they described Castile, though, ought to make your blood boil:
“I’m going to stop a car. I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over. The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery. The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose.”
A wide set nose is evidence that Castile could be a robbery suspect?! Seriously??
Just awful — and unacceptable.
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Listen to the entire police dispatch call in the video (below):
The whole thing is just too sad for words, but we can’t have silence right now. Things must change.
[Image via KARE 11.]
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