It has been quite a week in the United States news with death and chaos – and propaganda being spread within both of those topics.
Much of the mainstream media today focuses on the sensationalism in stories, suppressing facts and the truth. Such is the case in the Philando Castile shooting that took place in Minnesota on July 6.
But would you readers change your mind if you knew that two days prior his fiancé, who livestreamed his death, filmed the both of them smoking pot in their vehicle with her four-year-old daughter watching? Would you want to ask for more facts into this case?
Castile was shot dead during a traffic stop that day, footage that aired “live” on Facebook moments after the shooting happened. The videographer was Castile’s girlfriend, who decided to film as her significant other lay bleeding and writhing in the passenger seat.
I don’t know about you, but I’d be hysterical if someone I loved was shot and bleeding out all over his shirt. Even with my experience as a reporter, I would have difficulty remained detached enough to speak into the camera as Diamond Reynolds did, and instead would be one not so hot mess.,
But Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds was not. She sat there calmly explaining to the camera that she and her boyfriend had been on a routine traffic stop for a broken taillight, and instead, police just shot her boyfriend. She claims that her boyfriend had told them he had a conceal carry permit, and permit and that he went for his ID and instead was shot.
We hear the officer yelling at her to stay in the vehicle and keep her hands where they are. Then an officer is heard yelling to Reynolds to exit the vehicle with her hands up. Yet she continues to film, in spite of police instructions to do otherwise, and eventually her phone hits the ground. Next, she exits the vehicle and police are there, with guns drawn. And we hear her being snapped into handcuffs.
“They threw my phone, Facebook,” she says aloud.
Sirens are next heard arriving at the scene.
“Please don’t tell me he’s gone,” Reynolds repeats as she did in the car, though her tone has now changed to slightly more panicked and upset for just a moment.
The scene is blackened and then she’s heard telling police again to not tell her “my boyfriend is gone,” explaining that he worked in the school system.
And then we hear the little girl in the background, who the police were very sympathetic to on the video and Reynolds continues to film in the back of the police car. Here Reynolds tells the world that her boyfriend was told by police not to move, but he reached for his ID anyway and he was shot.
Seriously? Isn’t that common sense if an officer tells you not to move that you don’t move? Who is making the directive here, the one who is the suspect or the police? The last time I checked it’s the police officer who tells you what to do when you are pulled over for a traffic stop, not the driver. But according to Reynolds own testimony on the video it was her boyfriend who was not following directions…a man who police considered a suspect in a crime, not a person who they were randomly stopping for a faulty taillight.
Reynolds continues to speak, calmly, as she talks about the incident as well as “having weed in the car.” She gives a description that a “Chinese” police officer shot Castile. Castile alerted the officer, reportedly that he had a weapon, and reached instead…but the officer did what he was trained to do when a suspect reports that they have a weapon and the suspect does not listen to directions…he fired.
“The police shot him for no apparent reason,” Reynolds added, “no reason at all,” giving a nod to her daughter and mentioning how her child witnessed the event. She evenly kept repeating to her Facebook viewers how she needed a ride, though there was a small interlude with a shout, and then Reynolds returned to spewing directions to viewers, asking them for rides and giving her location.
And while it’s a tragedy that Philando Castile was killed, what is an even greater tragedy is that police are being demonized for doing their job, while Castile did not listen to their instructions, and the mainstream media is leading the slant in painting police officers badly…by not showing the entire truth. Since then, this has resulted in the deaths of five police officers in Dallas in retaliation, with seven others wounded during a “peaceful” Black Lives Matter protest.
But what if Reynolds Facebook videos had been reversed and viewers first saw the one that they should have seen on July 4, when Reynolds and Castile were out enjoying themselves on July 4, with her child in a car, Reynolds is seen puffing on a joint and blowing smoke into the camera?
That’s exactly what happened, but a simple Google search of “Diamond Reynolds smoking” and the even more specific “Diamond Reynolds smoking pot” and “Diamond Reynolds smoking weed” does not bring up major news outlets, but secondary news sites, Reddit and blogs that are courageously showing this evidence.
Two days prior on July 4, there is a different scene on Reynolds’ Facebook and instead of live streaming a shooting, the drama unfolds with three of the same characters as there were on the traffic stop…Castile, Reynolds, and the young child.
Reynolds’ camera pans a parking lot, and music is playing.
“We’re sittin’ in the parking lot, we got the ride out,” she told her “live” audience on Facebook that day, and then puts a joint in her mouth.
The day of Castile’s death, Reynolds talks about Castile having been a good man,who worked with children. Yet on July 4 he is also a participant, enjoying the smoke with Reynolds, while her poor four-year-old daughter in the back looks dismayed as she is unwillingly exposed to their contact high.
The smoke is thick in the air on the video. Reynolds asked her viewers if they’d all be “sleeping in with hangovers,” or back to work like her.
The girl one sees on camera two days prior is different than the girl at the traffic stop, as Reynolds sticks out her pierced tongue, angles the camera to film her crotch, gyrates in front of the camera while in her seat, and repeatedly tells viewers how cute she looks, all within the first minute and 20 seconds of filming and about a minute after her puff on her joint. A thorough Google News search doesn’t show this view of Reynolds, except for secondary news and blog sites, with images of this girl scant, and images instead of the livestreamed traffic stop rampant and the tear-filled woman who “wants justice for everyone.”
The video from July 4 is more important than the one of the actual traffic stop because it is evidence of the true character of the narrator of both tales. That’s because Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds is a mother who is smoking weed with her four-year-old child in the car, and then the child shows fireworks that her parents bought her that she’s, as Reynolds put it, “going to pop off.”
Reynolds takes another hit off her joint as Castile readies to drive away because of others near their vehicle “popping their fireworks too close.” While they drive, Reynolds continues to smoke, cough from her inhalations, doesn’t wear a seatbelt as the vehicle moves, flirts with her Facebook audience and tells one to “put the gun down.”
She iterated how she blocked people off of her Facebook Page, and though she has a “smart mouth,” she’s “cute in real life.” All over her Facebook Page her statement is backed up with posts directed at people that she axed from Facebook, who she claims are now lurkers. Exit the tongue again with the piercing, and chastisement of her Facebook friends showing “fake love” on her video, as she primps her hair, noting it was the first time she curled it on her own, in attempts to be a “girly girl.” She continues to flirt with her own image on camera, downing her haters and twirling her hair, until the end of the video.
In another video at the park, where Castile didn’t want to be on camera, she was live too and telling people to “put the guns down.”
But now, the mainstream focuses on Reynolds’s crocodile tears, and she has washed her hands that Castile’s death caused retaliation in Dallas. But claiming she was sympathetic about the deaths of police officers in Dallas.
“We have absolutely no control of anything happening in this world,” she told ABC News.
Although she expressed sympathies, she also said her purpose of the video was for “the world to see what the police do,” and instead feels the officer that stopped Castile should be “in jail in handcuffs.”
CNN has especially focused on the divisiveness, contempt and hate that Reynolds holds for police officers.
Audio, on the other hand released, said that the officer pulled over the vehicle because Castile and Reynolds looked like robbery suspects the department was seeking.
One point every major media outlet fails to recognize is how Castile could have had a concealed carry permit. Only one, the Daily Mail, notes that Castile had 31 previous police run ins under his belt, with 63 charges…mostly motor vehicle infractions…but there were others like driving without a seatbelt (he is also seen not belted in the pot smoking video), and even a charge that was dropped with having been stopped with 1.4 grams of marijuana (and of course Reynolds mentioned she and Castile had marijuana in their car too the day he was shot). How could Castile even have a permit for an unconcealed weapon with so many charges?
How can this guy continue to work with children when he has marijuana charges and consistent use? Wasn’t he ever drug tested? And how can both of these people (Castile and Reynolds) not be frowned on as they drive around stoned with a small child in the back seat of the vehicle?
On “Lavish” Reynolds’ Facebook Account, all videos still stand.
As someone who scrutinizes a story, I implore readers to look further at the meat of all the facts, not just the milk from the mainstream.
A Go Fund Me also exists, with people now giving over $42,000 currently towards Reynolds’s and her daughter.
For the Dallas Police Department members who have been slain because of the rhetoric and the slanted media…and the hype created to demonize police officers, there are also GoFundMe sites, though they haven’t received the donations in the amount that Reynolds and her daughter have. I am posting these below, which aren’t receiving as much airtime. Please give to them and help these officers, murdered in the line of duty, because of their profession to rebuild their lives.
I would like to clarify since I have received attacks before for a few of my writings when someone doesn’t agree with them, that this piece is an editorial that has opinions in it. Journalists are permitted to do opinion pieces and share their perspectives, as in life, we are trained and objective observers, and if those qualities are used correctly, we can provide very invaluable perspectives on cases. As journalists, we have natural “bs meters” that unfortunately, many of my mainstream colleagues have turned off. I am also sharing the facts of this case, many being overlooked by the mainstream media. Why aren’t they sharing this pot smoking video? Is it because each news outlet will have to issue a retraction, and it will be egg on their faces. How bad will they look after putting Diamond Reynolds up as a martyr and innocent model citizen that now they will show a woman enjoying a joint with Castile two days before he was killed with a child in the car. And of course, there was also pot in their vehicle then during the traffic stop.
The agenda is with the mainstream…demonize the police and accuse them of racial profiling…bottom line. And that’s downright sad.
I’d like to close with a statement from an African American law enforcement officer from Florida. His name is Jay Stalien. He wrote a very poignant statement about his life as a police officer and posted it on Facebook. Stalien did his own investigation into the discourse that he witnessed and experienced himself between the African American community and police officers. Click here to read his full statement.
He said as an African American police officer, working in the very community that he had taken an oath to protect, he has been viewed as the enemy.
“They called me ‘Uncle Tom,’” he wrote, “and ‘wanna be white boy,’ and I couldn’t understand why. My own fellow black men and women attacking me, wishing for my death, wishing for the death of my family. I was so confused. So torn, I couldn’t understand why my own black people would turn against me when every time they called…I was there. Every time someone died…I was there. Every time they were going through one of the worst moments in their lives…I was there.”
He asked members of the community why police were hated and compared their statements to fact. For example, he posted, that as of July 2016, the number of people killed overall by police totaled 238 white, 123 black, 79 hispanic and 69 other or unknown races.
“The more I listened, the more I realized,” he continued, “the more I researched the more I realized. I would ask questions, and would only get emotional responses and inferences based on no facts at all.”
After the deaths in Dallas, Stalien asked if it was he assassinated and videotaped on the ground as his colleagues in Dallas were, would black lives matter, and would his life have mattered? Would there be protests and t-shirts made in his memory?
“Black lives do not matter to most black people,” Stalien concluded. “Only the lives that make national news matter to them. Only the lives that are taken at the hands of cops or white people matter. The other thousands of lives lost, the other black souls that I along with every other cop, have seen taken at the hands of other blacks, do not matter. I realized that they refuse to believe that most cops acknowledge that there are Bad cops who should have never been given a badge and gun, who are chicken s**t and will shoot a cockroach if it crawls at them too fast, who never worked in the hood and may be intimidated. That most cops dread the thought of having to shoot someone, and never see the turmoil and mental anguish that a cop goes through after having to kill someone to save his own life. Instead they believe that we are all blood thirsty killers, because the media says so, even though the numbers prove otherwise. I realize that they truly feel as if the death of cops will help people realize the false narrative that Black Lives Matter, when all it will do is take their movement two steps backwards and label them domestic terrorist. I realized that some of these people who say Black Lives Matter, are full of hate and racism. Hate for cops because of the false narrative that more black people are targeted and killed. Racism against white people for a tragedy that began hundreds of years ago, when most of the white people weren’t even born yet.”
“I realized that some in the African American community’s idea of “Justice” is the prosecution of ANY and EVERY cop or white man that kills or is believed to have killed a black man, no matter what the circumstances are. I realized the African American community refuses to look within to solve its major issues, and instead makes excuses and looks outside for solutions. I realized that a lot of people in the African American community lead with hate, instead of love. Division instead of Unity. Turmoil and rioting, instead of Peace. I realized that they have become the very entity that they claim they are fighting against. I realized that the very reasons I became a cop, are the very reasons my own people hate me, and now in this toxic hateful racially charged political climate, I am now more likely to die…and it is still hard for me to understand…to this day.”
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