The circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a black man in Minnesota has left dozens of NFL players outraged.
Philando Castile was shot and killed by police on Wednesday during a routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights, a suburb of Minneapolis. Although police haven't released many details about the incident, Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, said that he was shot several times after the two were pulled over for a broken tail light.
Reynolds posted a graphic video to Facebook that showed what happened in the immediate aftermath of the shooting (You can see the video here). Reynolds said that Castile was shot as he reached for his wallet so he could get out his license.
"Please, officer, don't tell me that you just did this to him," Reynolds says in the video. "You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir."
Reynolds also said that Castile had mentioned that he had explicitly told the officer that he had a firearm in his possession that he was licensed to carry.
Castile's death comes less than 48 hours after the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Louisiana. Sterling was also shot by police in an incident that was caught on film.
Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers was one of the dozens of players who expressed their anger on social media. Just hours after referring to Sterling's death as a 'lynching,' Kaepernick offered this tweet after Castile's death.
We are under attack! It's clear as day! Less than 24 hrs later another body in the street! https://t.co/2wlxtVkwmv— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 7, 2016
The issue we discuss that people don't wanna acknowledge are years and years of a cycle. Those who vowed to serve and protect MURDERING us..— Duane Brown (@DuaneBrown76) July 7, 2016
With ZERO accountability— Duane Brown (@DuaneBrown76) July 7, 2016
Yesterday everyone was saying "why didn't he do what the cop asked?" As you can see today, it doesn't always matter if you do or don't— Duane Brown (@DuaneBrown76) July 7, 2016
Reggie Bush says that "trigger-happy" cops are the problem.
When will this stop I don't see any difference they still killing our people for no reason! Scared trigger happy cops with no training 😔— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) July 7, 2016
Darnell Dockett said that he's going to start live-streaming any traffic stop he's involved in from here on out.
The police pull me over I'm jut gonna start recording live stream just in case. But to think if something happen they still will be innocent— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) July 7, 2016
This what we need .. Officers have to stand up and speak against what's going on .. This shit is... https://t.co/RIV0ttY9QM— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson11) July 7, 2016
This is heartbreaking watching another man killed in such a manner. God Bless his family and those in pain #PhilandoCastile— Randall Cobb (@rcobb18) July 7, 2016
This can't keep happening!!— Justin Forsett (@JForsett) July 7, 2016
What would it be like if everyone was color blind! Where's the Respect and awareness for humanity!!! #woke— Jonathan Stewart (@Jonathanstewar1) July 7, 2016
Redskins defensive lineman Terrance Knighton has a theory for why all these killings are happening.
Nah trained to fear the black man since birth. Training goes out the window when fear kicks in https://t.co/7JFfKGuXqk— Terrance Knighton (@MisterRoast98) July 7, 2016
To shoot a man a make no attempt to help him is crazy! This guy died on Facebook live for carrying a gun which he was licensed to carry— Sharrif Floyd (@sharriffloyd) July 7, 2016
The governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, has called for a federal investigation into the shooting.