“I Wanted Everyone In The World To See What The Police Do” Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds Is Out Of Jail And Wants Justice
After the video of a police officer shooting her boyfriend Philando Castile went viral, many were wondering what happened to the woman who recorded it. From the video, the last thing we see is a handcuffed Diamond in the back of a police car with her four-year-old daughter. Folks who were discussing the story on social media were asking that people call the police department and ask about her.
Diamond was released at 5 am this morning. Later, she spoke to several media outlets about the ordeal, what she wants going forward and much more.
Here are some excerpts. You can watch the entire video at the bottom.
I’m the one, my daughter is the one that was there. The police officer stopped us for a busted tail light that was not busted. They pulled us over on the side of the road, asked for license and registration. As he was reaching for his license and registration, he told the officer that he was licensed to carry. As he got back comfortable, the police took four or five shots into him for no reason. They took his life for no reason. They did this to my daughter and they did it to me and I want justice and I want peace.
They took an innocent man away from us. He didn’t do anything. He did exactly what the police say.
My daughter will be forever scarred by what the police of Falcon Heights did to us…He took his last breath in front of us.
It’s not fair. They’re giving these people the right to kill us.
He should not be home with his family. He should be somewhere in jail, handcuffed. They took me to jail. They didn’t feed us. They didn’t give us water. They took everything from me. They put me in a room and separated me from my child. They treated me like a prisoner.
They took him 9 days before his 35th birthday. It’s not fair and it’s not right.
If nobody has ever came together for anything in this world, put your differences aside. But em in your back pocket, let’s stand together. We didn’t do this to our community, the police did this to our community.
The people who are supposed to serve and protect us are not serving us and they are not protecting us. They are taking innocent people away from their families. They are taking innocent people off the streets. And it’s not ok. It’s not ok. They tamper with evidence. They took me off the scene. I was not allowed to talk to anybody up until 5’o clock this morning when they dropped me off at my doorstep.
I was not released.
They took my life…that was my best friend. I don’t have any family in Minnesota. I don’t have anybody.
Please guys pray for my daughter.
It’s hard to be strong you guys. My daughter’s been being stronger than me. That little girl she is the warrior behind this. Without this little angel on my side I would have never been able to make it through this. She prayed for me. She told me that she would never leave my side. She’s the one who needs the prayer you guys. Because I will be ok but I don’t know if I can say the same for my four-year-old daughter.
My daughter is not his child but he raised her and took care of her like she was his.
Did he say anything to you?
He didn’t have any last words. His eyes rolled in the back of his head and he was dead instantly.
How did you remain so calm?
My daughter. My daughter was my lifeline. My daughter told me to stay strong and that’s what I had to do. My daughter prayed for me.
Everyone will see that this was a very detrimental situation. Not only to me, not only to her but everybody in this community, everybody in this world. Not just Blacks, not just Whites, not just Asians but everyone.
You took him away and now you have to pay. I will not be able to sleep until I get justice.
I wanted the world to know that no matter how much the police tamper with evidence, how much they stick together. No matter how they manipulate our minds to believe what they want. I wanted to put it on Facebook to go viral. I wanted the people to determine who was right and who was wrong. All of us saw with our eyes. The only thing you didn’t see was when he shot. And if I would have moved when that gun was out, he would have shot me too. Because I wanted everyone in the world to see what the police do and how they roll. I didn’t do it for pity. I didn’t do it for fame. I did it so that the world knows that these police are not here to protect and serve us.
You can listen to the full video where Diamond spoke about the misplaced disloyalties in the police department, mental health issues, and more.