The video, which was streamed with Facebook Live, “reminds us why coming together to build a more open and connected world is so important,” Mark Zuckerberg said in post Thursday.
Mark Zuckerberg has broken his silence on the Facebook Live video that captured the aftermath of the death of Philando Castile .
The Facebook boss called the images “graphic and heartbreaking” but acknowledged that they “shine on a light” on the fears many face.
Writing on the social media site, the 32-year-old said: “My heart goes out to the Castille family and all the other families who have experienced this kind of tragedy.
“My thoughts are also with all members of the Facebook community who are deeply troubled by these events.”
Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, posted the Facebook Live video on Wednesday night.
The footage showed the bloody t-shirt of Castile after a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, outside of Minneapolis, turned deadly.
Reynolds said that she was pulled over for a broken taillight, and Castile had told the officer that he had a pistol and was licenced.
The officer later shot and killed Castile.
“You shot four bullets into him, sir,” Reynolds can be heard telling the officer in the video. “He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”
The video has been labeled as graphic content, but remains accessible on Facebook.
Zuckerberg added: “While I hope we never have to see another video like Diamond’s, it reminds us why coming together to build a more open and connected world is so important – and how far we still have to go.”
The shooting has caused outrage on social media.
It seems that the right to bare arms second it only applies to white people#FalconHeights
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