Dashcam Footage of Philando Castile's Fatal Shooting Has Been Released
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 20:44
"The City of St Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city", according to a police statement. Protesters march during a demonstration, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in St. Anthony, Minn. Yanez's backup officer Joseph Kauser is seen standing on the passenger side of the vehicle.
A transcript of the police interview was released on Tuesday days after Yarez's acquittal in the killing. Though the video has been described repeatedly, the footage offers a disturbing perspective on how a traffic stop for a faulty brake light turned deadly in mere seconds.
Recently released and sickening dashcam footage of the shooting reveals Castile cooperating with a routine traffic stop and calmly informing the officer that he has a firearm.
Yanez testified that Castile ignored his commands not to pull out his gun and he feared for his life.
Prosecutors in the case argued that Castile was merely trying to reach for his wallet so he could hand over the driver's license Yanez had asked him to produce just seconds before the shooting.
Officer Yanez has said that Mr. Castile was reaching for his gun, and his lawyers made that a central point in his defense.
Castile and his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, both tell Yanez that he is not reaching for his firearm. Yanez begins to remove his own gun, and though some of the exchange is hard to hear, Yanez warns him, "Don't pull it out".
Castile's body was thrown to the right after the first shot.
Yanez suddenly reaches into the auto with his firearm and discharges it multiple times. Her daughter, who was sitting in the backseat, gets out of the auto and walks towards the other officer on the scene.
The video does not show images that might have been essential for jurors to consider: a full view of the front seat of Mr. Castile's vehicle, which would have showed his hands - and what he was reaching for - just before the shooting.
She can later be heard sobbing as more officers arrive at the scene. "And I thought I was gonna die". "Listen, listen, I'm going to take your spot".
Castile's mother, Valerie, told reporters after the verdict's announcement that "my son was murdered, and I will continue to say murdered, because where in this planet do you tell the truth, and you be honest, and you still be murdered by the police of Minnesota, while you have your seat belt on and you're in the company with a woman and a child? You all right? You're not hit any, are you?" He was too quick to pull the trigger after learning Castile had a gun, based on an unreasonable suspicion that he was a robbery suspect, they said.
A fellow officer speaks repeatedly to Yanez to get him away from the auto: "I'm going to take your spot".