Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has responded to the Facebook Live video that captured the aftermath of the death of Philando Castile, calling the images “graphic and heartbreaking,” but acknowledging that they “shine on a light” on the fears many face.
“My heart goes out to the Castille family and all the other families who have experienced this kind of tragedy,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday night. “My thoughts are also with all members of the Facebook community who are deeply troubled by these events.”
Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, posted the Facebook Live video on Wednesday night, which showed the bloody t-shirt of Castile after a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, outside of Minneapolis, turned deadly. Reynolds said that she was pulled over for a busted taillight, and Castile had told the officer that he had a pistol and was licensed. The officer later shot and killed Castile.
“You shot four bullets into him, sir,” Reynolds can be heard telling the officer in the video. “He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”
The video has been labeled as graphic content, but remains accessible on Facebook.
“While I hope we never have to see another video like Diamond’s, it reminds us why coming together to build a more open and connected world is so important — and how far we still have to go,” Zuckerberg went on.
Read the full post below.