The day after two Baton Rouge police officers fatally shot Alton Sterling, Philando Castile — a 32-year-old Black man — was shot four times and killed by officers at a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb.
News of Castile's death quickly sparked mass outrage, largely due to the fact that his girlfriend Diamond "Lavish" Reynolds live streamed the aftermath of the killing to over 2.1 million viewers on Facebook. Reynolds' 4-year-old daughter also witnessed the shooting, as she was in the backseat of the car Castile was killed in.
Trigger Warning: Police Violence
No one really knew what happened to Reynolds, after witnessing this unspeakable tragedy, — but she told local media that the police released her around 5 am, after enduring hours without food, water, or her child.
"They took me to jail," Reynolds said tearfully in a new video that has surfaced online. "They didn't feed us, they didn't give us water. They took everything from me. They put me in a room and separated me from my child."
Reynolds added that cops took her phone, her groceries, and everything she had "for evidence."
"They treated me like a prisoner. They treated me like I did this to me, and I didn't. They did this to us. They took a Black man away."
Though Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has already called for an investigation into Castile's death, the St. Anthony Police Department has been tight-lipped about what that investigation will look like — and what happened to Reynolds while in police custody.
A representative from the St. Anthony Police Department told Revelist Reynolds was "questioned and released, then transported to a location she requested."
The rep added that she had no further information and that the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is conducting the investigation. They did not immediately respond to Revelist's request for comment.
No matter what local law enforcement might say, Reynold's case is far from the first. Police have a long, well-documented history of mistreating Black women — and the results are almost always fatal.
In 1963, activist Fannie Lou Hamer was arrested for participating in a peaceful sit-in at a Mississippi lunch counter — then nearly beaten to death in jail by police officers. She suffered permanent eye, leg, and kidney damage from the attack.
Then, in 2010, police who raided the wrong house shot and killed 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was sleeping in her grandmother's house.
In 2014, 48-year-old Yvette Smith was shot and killed in her Texas home after answering the door for police, who claimed she had a gun in her hand. Her family insists she did not.
The list of Black women killed by police for doing similar things — i.e. living their lives — goes on and on and on and on. So does the list of Black people of all genders who've been killed by police in this year alone.
"The police, the people that are supposed to serve and protect us, and not serving us and protecting us. They're taking innocent people away from their families...no one deserves this" Reynolds said. "I have not been able to do anything besides hold my daughter, thank her and tell her how much of a super shero she is."
"She said, 'Mom, the police are bad guys. They killed him and he's never coming back.'"