A deadly police shooting of a man apparently reaching for his wallet during a traffic stop — that has since been widely seen on social media — has prompted a Minnesota congresswoman to call for a Justice Department investigation.
Philando Castile was shot and killed Wednesday evening by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. His girlfriend, Lavisha Reynolds, streamed the aftermath of the incident live on Facebook . Castile, 32, died later that night at a Minneapolis hospital.
It was the second controversial police shooting caught on video in as many days. Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, fatally shot a man outside a convenience store on Tuesday. A Justice Department investigation into that incident is already underway.
“My deepest sympathies are with Mr. Castile’s family, loved ones, and friends," Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum said in a statement . "I have watched the video of this incident circulating online. It is profoundly disturbing." Falcon Heights is located within McCollum's 4th District.
McCollum said a federal investigation would reveal the facts surrounding the incident "and ensure accountability appropriate to those facts."
She noted that the shooting prompted an "outpouring of citizens protesting this incident" and called for protesters and police to "ensure that calm prevails in our community."
My deepest sympathies to the loved ones of Philando Castile. This tragic shooting demands USDOJ investigation. We need facts, peace & calm.— Betty McCollum (@BettyMcCollum04) July 7, 2016
Castile was pulled over for a broken taillight. Reynolds said in the video that her boyfriend told the police officer that he had a license for a concealed weapons permit. The officer allegedly shot Castile as he was reaching for his wallet.
“You told him to get his ID, sir, his driver’s license,” Reynolds is heard telling the officer on the video.
On Wednesday, Louisiana Rep. Cedric L. Richmond called for a Justice Department inquiry into the fatal police shooting of a man in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday. An FBI spokesman has confirmed that an investigation into the death of Alton Sterling outside a convenience store is underway.
Video of that incident also has been widely viewed on social media.