Diamond Reynolds was cool and composed as an anchorwoman on Wednesday night in Falcon Heights, Minn., her voice strong as she narrated the horrific scene around her into her phone that was streaming live on Facebook. By Thursday, Reynolds had given into tears, fury and grief. “She’s not calm right now,” said an aunt, Joyce Doty. “She is very, very upset right now.”
Reynolds, 26, has emerged as an extraordinary figure in the latest police shooting of an African-American, her boyfriend Philando Castilo. “I didn’t do it for pity, I didn’t do it for fame,” she told reporters and others after the shooting. “I did it so that the world knows that the police are not here to protect and serve us. They are here to assassinate us. They are here to kill us. Because we are black.” Reynolds grew up on the South Side of Chicago and works as a hotel housekeeper.