Woman Who Famously Live-Streamed Her Boyfriend’s Police Shooting is Arrested for Hammer Attack

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By Emily Zanotti | 5:37 pm, March 3, 2017
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Diamond Reynolds, the woman wh0 famously live-streamed the controversial fatal police shooting of Philando Castile, has been arrested in connection with a vicious attack that left another woman with serious injuries.

Reynolds,  Dyamond Richardson, and Chnika Blair were apprehended Thursday in St. Paul, Minnesota, after allegedly attacking a woman with a hammer Tuesday night, and leaving the scene in a silver truck.

From left: Dyamond Richardson, Diamond Reynolds and Chnika Blair (Courtesy of Ramsey County sheriff)

The three women are now in the Ramsay County jail, awaiting likely charges of felony assault.

Reynolds gained global attention after her boyfriend, restaurant worker Philando Castile, was shot during a routine traffic stop, also in Ramsey County, near Minneapolis.

As Castile lay slumped dying over the steering wheel, in the drivers’ seat of his car, blood soaking through his shirt, Reynolds, in the passenger seat, calmly narrated their encounter with Officer Jeronimo Yanez.

In the video, Reynolds describes the traffic stop, addressing the officer, politely, as “sir,” but careful to lay out the events that led to the shooting.

Yanez has been charged with one count of manslaughter and two counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm in connection to Castile’s death. He pleaded not guilty on Monday and is due to stand trial in the spring.

Reynolds is scheduled to appear as a witness for the prosecution in Yanez’s case.

Reynolds told the media late last year that that she believed Yanez would not have been charged had she not turned on her Facebook Live application. She also said that since the shooting, she has not been able to find stable employment because too many people recognized her from the viral video.

Ramsey County, where the three women were taken into custody, has asked a neighboring county, Washington, to take hammer attack case and handle any charges, over concerns that Reynolds’s arrest could cause a conflict of interest.