Tapes Show Officer Mistook Philando Castile for Robbery Suspect | NBC 10 Philadelphia
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Tapes Show Officer Mistook Philando Castile for Robbery Suspect

Castile's family told the station that the officer's description sounded like racial profiling

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Courtesy Of Castile Family
    Philando Castile.

    Audio recordings obtained by a Minnesota television station appear to capture the traffic stop in which Philando Castile was shot to death by a police officer.

    In the tapes the officer can be heard saying he would pull over Castile's car because he thought he had been involved in a robbery and looked "like one of our suspect, just 'cause of the wide-set nose," according to copies of radio transmissions obtained by KARE-11, an NBC affiliate in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

    Castile's death led to nationwide protests and has been cited as a spark for a gunman's ambush of police officers in Dallas.

    Castile's family told the station that the officer's description sounded like racial profiling; Castile was black.

    9-Year-Old Girl in Charlotte Makes Plea For Peace

    [NATL] 9-Year-Old Girl in Charlotte Makes Plea For Peace
    One of the biggest voices heard following the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott was from a 9-year-old during Monday's Charlotte City Council meeting. Zianna Oliphant's message about protests in Charlotte has spread, capturing the hearts and attention world-wide. "We are black people, and we shouldn't have to feel like this," she said. "We shouldn't have to protest because y'all are treating us wrong." (Published Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016)

    The officer's lawyer told KARE that Castile was not a suspect in any robbery, but said the officers "had a reasonable suspicion he may match the description of the suspect in the earlier robbery."

    Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the race of one of the responding officers.