Lavish “Diamond” Reynolds was called into a Sunday morning service at The Potter’s House, a Dallas megachurch, to talk about the death of her fiancé Philando Castile.
Reynolds says that as soon as she heard the officer, “it instantly clicked to me that this was something bigger than myself and Phil.”
The Minnesota woman who took the video of her dying husband-to-be after a police officer shot him last week says she realized the traffic stop was different when she heard fear in the officer’s voice.
“I posted that video so everyone across the world can know that we don’t do these things to ourselves, these things are done to us,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds cried as she recounted the shooting and said her daughter, who was seen in the infamous video comforting her, is still telling her, “It’s gonna be OK.”
“To get it on camera, the immediate aftermath, wasn’t for anything except to be heard for justice,” Reynolds said. “Because at the end of the day the people that are here to serve and protect us, we call upon them when we are in need, but when the officers are the ones that are hurting us who do we call?”
She became very emotional when asked what she would have done differently that night. Her answer was very simple:
“Not even taking that route” to begin with.
“We were just en route to have another family night,” she said. “To go home and eat dinner and be a family. Like we always wanted.”
The mother of the son of Alton Sterling — the other black man whose killing by police spawned a viral video and protests last week — Quinyetta McMillon, also spoke via phone to the church, talking about the type of person Sterling was and what her and her son are doing in the aftermath of his death.
Source: NBC News | BEN RAPPAPORT