The video sparked immediate outrage and a call by the state governor for a federal investigation. "Police officers should not be able to gun a man down for no reason," Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of shooting victim Philando Castile, said to reporters and sympathizers on Thursday, hours after the incident that happened Wednesday evening.
She said her boyfriend, 32, was shot in front of her and her 4-year-old daughter after police stopped car, citing a broken tail light. "Nothing within his body language said 'Kill me, I want to be dead,'" she said.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said a state investigation had been initiated and that he had asked the U.S. Justice Department to begin an immediate, independent probe.
"This kind of behavior is unacceptable," Governor Dayton said.
Dozens of protesters gathered at the governor's mansion in St. Paul, where Dayton spoke at a news conference with Reynolds and civil rights activists.
while Reynolds was speaking, people shouted "murder," and called for the arrest of the police officer involved.