MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum is calling for an investigation after a black man was shot to death by police late Wednesday in Falcon Heights.
Philando Castile was shot by police during a traffic stop Wednesday night near the State Fairgrounds. Castile was pulled over because he had a tail light out. He was shot after an officer asked for his driver’s license and registration.
He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
McCollum released a statement after the shooting, saying, “My deepest sympathies are with Mr. Castile’s family, loved ones and friends. I have watched the video of this incident circulating online. It is profoundly disturbing.”
Castile’s girlfriend, who is in the car with her daughter at the time of the incident, put up a livestream on Facebook immediately after the shooting for more than nine minutes that made national headlines.
McCollum says the circumstances surrounding the incident call for an immediate investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. A federal investigation will provide all Minnesotans with a clear understanding of the facts surrounding this incident and will ensure accountability, McCollum said.
McCollum also said protesters and police need to ensure that calm prevails in the community as citizens have their First Amendment rights respected.