Driving While Black: Philando Castile’s Horrible Traffic Record

Black Lives Matter ico logoBlack man pulled over AT LEAST 31 times and hit with 63 traffic charges, then shot to death.

  • Philando Castile’s dying moments were livestreamed on Facebook by his girlfriend, causing outrage 
  • The black 32-year-old’s death led to protests in St Paul, Minnesota, and was decried by the state’s governor
  • Daily Mail Online can disclose the astonishing scale of traffic stops which Castile had been subject to
  • Public records say that he had 31 encounters which resulted in charges, and had 63 separate charges
  • He was found guilty of 43, and would have paid thousands of dollars in fines
  • Relative says it is evidence that police were targeting him for DWB – slang for driving while black

The offenses include speeding, failure to wear a seat belt, driving after a revocation, no proof of insurance, improper display of original plate and parking violations.

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The litany of traffic stops stretch back to when he was age 17 and officers from Ramsey County pulled him over for an undisclosed reason.

He was later found guilty of having no proof of insurance, fined $50 and sentenced to 20 days in prison, which appears to have been suspended, and put on one year probation.

In February, 2008 Castile was convicted of being a public nuisance – a petty misdemeanor – for obstructing a public road with his vehicle. He was hit with $278 in legal fees.

And the following month he was stopped again and charged and later convicted of ‘Driving after revocation’ and not wearing a seat belt.

In July the same year he was again charged with ‘Driving after Revocation’ but a more serious charge of possessing over 1.4 grams of marijuana in a vehicle was dismissed.

Castile’s life was lost when a traffic stop went fatally wrong, and became the center of national outrage when his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds livestreamed the aftermath of Officer Jeronimo Yanez shooting the 32-year-old.

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