During an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, Diamond Reynolds displayed the same level of composure she held while she streamed the shooting death of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, during a traffic stop last Wednesday evening.
While wiping away tears, she opened the interview: “Every day is challenging, but with God and all the support of everyone around America, we believe we can get through this.”
She said she remained calm during the video because she feared for her life and for her daughter.
Stephanopoulos asked Reynolds about responding officer Jeronimo Yanez‘s claims. Yanez said the incident did not accelerate over race, but occurred because Castile showed a gun.
Reynolds remained vigilant that Castile did two things – followed proper protocol and informed the responding officer that he was in possession of a firearm. Reynolds repeatedly said her boyfriend never brandished a weapon at any point during the traffic stop.
Stephanopoulos then asked if Reynolds heard the dispatch audio in which Yanez made the controversial statement that he pursued Castile because he had a “wide-set nose,” which fit the description of a robbery suspect in the area.
Reynolds said she was unaware, but can attest that the responding officer told her and Castile that he stopped the car for a broken tail light. Reynolds said she later discovered there was no broken light.
Reynolds, flanked by her lawyer Larry Rogers, told Stephanopoulos that it was imperative for her to live stream the aftermath so that the narrative would remain intact.
“And that’s the concern we have here is that they will begin to add facts to the circumstances, which is why her live stream video from Facebook is so important,” Rogers said. “It’s contemporaneous with the events that occurred, she’s emphatic about what’s happening, she’s complying with the officers as they were.”
“I knew that people would choose sides and I knew that they wouldn’t see me as being the person who would be telling the truth,” Reynolds responded.
Rogers said transparency is needed, and if the police have evidence to refute Reynolds’ claims, they should produce it in a timely manner.
Reynolds said that justice for Castile would mean, “Everyone being held accountable for their own actions.”
In response to the surge of violence, Reynolds called for calm.
“I am very baffled that people are resorting to violence with violence. Violence is never the key. It’s not acceptable. We have to be able to come together and lead by example. If we’re not able to stand together and control our emotions, then how can we expect anyone else in the world to do so?”
“There is no faith in police policing police and investigating police,” Rogers said to close out the interview.
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