During an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, Diamond Reynoldsdisplayed the same level of composure she held while she streamed the shooting death of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, during a traffic stop last Wednesday evening.
While wiping away tears, she opened the interview: “Every day is challenging, but with God and all the support of everyone around America, we believe we can get through this.”
She said she remained calm during the video because she feared for her life and for her daughter.
Stephanopoulos asked Reynolds about responding officer Jeronimo Yanez‘s claims. Yanez said the incident did not accelerate over race, but occurred because Castile showed a gun.
Reynolds remained vigilant that Castile did two things – followed proper protocol and informed the responding officer that he was in possession of a firearm. Reynolds repeatedly said her boyfriend never brandished a weapon at any point during the traffic stop.
Stephanopoulos then asked if Reynolds heard the dispatch audio in which Yanez made the controversial statement that he pursued Castile because he had a “wide-set nose,” which fit the description of a robbery suspect in the area.
Reynolds said she was unaware, but can attest that the responding officer told her and Castile that he stopped the car for a broken tail light. Reynolds said she later discovered there was no broken light.
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