Excerpt from the Washington Post:

She had been feeling the impact of policing on every moment of her life since July 6, the day an officer pulled over her boyfriend, Philando Castile, in the suburb of Falcon Heights for at least his 46th minor traffic stop in the past 13 years. “Again?” Diamond remembered saying to Castile that day, as the officer asked to see his license and registration. Castile, 32, reached down toward his waistband, where he kept not only his wallet but also a gun that he was licensed to carry. The officer shot him four times, and then Diamond took out her phone to record, just as she had done during a few of Castile’s other traffic stops. “Stay with me,” she told her boyfriend, as blood spread across his white T-shirt and she started to live-stream on Facebook.

For those next 10 minutes of video, she had become both the emotional catalyst and the cleareyed narrator in the debate over American policing: somehow composed, somehow cordial, continuing to live-stream even as the officer aimed his gun in her direction and screamed profanities, telling him “yes, sir” and “I will, sir” and “no worries” while she spoke into the camera and contradicted his version of the shooting in real time.


9/6/16- Jacque Reid goes Inside Her Story with Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile and her attorney Larry Rogers about the status of the case and how difficult life has been for her since the shooting death Castile.

On her daily struggle to move on:

“It’s heartbreaking because it’s not in a way that I want to be recognized. I respect the fact that people all over the world are praying for me, but I don’t want to be remembered for the wrong reason,” Reynolds said. “Everyday is a battle. I only have one family member in Minnesota and she has her own life. It’s hard to just try to be the model citizen that I was before.”

Read the entire article here and click the link above to hear the entire interview.

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7 thoughts on “Diamond Reynolds: ‘I Don’t Want To Be Recognized For The Wrong Thing, But It’s Hard’

  1. Daniel Asamota on said:

    Honey don’t worry about that! You were a victim of the evil evil evil white establishment! Everyone lets pray to our God for the absolute total and complete destruction of the white estabhilishment worldwide! It’s impossible for us but possible for HIM! What have you got to lose? We cannot work with these evil white establishment bastards anymore so it’s time for them to go! We can’t destroy them ourselves, but God can! All agree with me in prayer thanking God for the absolute total and complete destruction of the white establishment all over the world! Don’t worry about those whites who have nothing to do with this, God can and will protect them; we just want the murderous, racist bastards who want to continue their war of oppression against us! All pray with me and my Prayer Warriors so that after over 500 years this time these evil evil evil people are put down FOR GOOD!!!

  2. The mere fact that she gets up everyday facing these struggles just to get up and do it again the next day is remarkable. I don’t and would never pretend to know what her experience has done to her already fragile spirit. We, some us breakdown and fall apart when friends and family pass away after long illnesses. I could not imagine sitting next to the man I love, my protector and friend and have him be with me one minute and gone the next. Traumatic is an insufficient description. I will continue to pray for her and her daughter’s safety. I know that God is going to turn this around this is just now this isn’t for the rest of her life. Rest when you need to Diamond. Lick your wounds when you need to Diamond and then get up and keep pushing. Seek out an Agency with resources to get you on a path for a better future. Don’t get discouraged (easy for me to say) Keep pushing for that little girl………..you two are all you got and that’s a whole lot.

  3. At first it seemed unreal, like a setup, but her boyfriend was shot and killed, like so many others. Police are human, too, and sometimes they are killed in the line of duty by some punk gangbanger or psycho with a gun. Many police officers are ex-military who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and their job was to kill people. So they often think and act like they are still part of our occupying army in enemy territory. But our cities are NOT enemy territory, and ALL citizens of the USA deserve equal protection under the law. Whatever happened to Officer Friendly?

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