Minnesota officials have released the dashcam footage showing Philando Castile's shooting

But the police dashboard camera video released Tuesday adds a visceral element to what police witnesses had described - unnerving even in the context of other police shootings and after a video taken by Philando Castile's passenger went viral.

It also comes just weeks after Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who livestreamed the aftermath of the shooting, testified she feared for her life when confronted by Yanez.

"OK. Don't reach for it, then", Mr Yanez is heard saying while appearing to reach for his own weapon.

Yanez told Castile that he had been pulled over for missing multiple brake lights.

Yanez asks Castile for his license and insurance and after he hands it over, Castile makes a revelation.

Yanez opened fire after giving several orders to not pull out the gun. Castile then calmly says, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me".

"OK, don't reach for it then", Yanez answers back. "Don't reach for it then".

Officers pull Mr Castile from the vehicle and begin CPR.

The shots ring out at 9:06 p.m., less than 40 seconds after Yanez first approached Castile's window.In the following seconds, Yanez shouts expletives, breathing heavily, and yelling, "Don't move".

"I'm not pulling out", Castile replied.

"I think that it really is, it shows that Yanez actually panicked".

"And then I lost view of it. Cuz he kept canting his shoulder and then I believe I told him again, I can't remember, don't do it". I don't know if it was in his pocket or in between the seats or the center console.

Castile's death made national headlines in part because of the Facebook live video posted by Reynolds. "Are you kidding me right now?"

"Um but I, made sure that I directed my firearm down and as best as I could and let off rounds and as the rounds were going off I thought he was still moving for his gun and, (sigh) I it just seemed like he was pulling out the gun and the barrel just kept coming".

Yanez continues, saying "I don't know where the gun was".

When the shooting stops, the video shows Officer Yanez standing at the vehicle window with his gun drawn for some time. After the dashcam video became public on Tuesday, many social media users questioned the verdict.

Castile's family plans to file a civil lawsuit in federal court, a spokeswoman for the family's attorney said. Several gunshots are heard, with screams coming from the vehicle. Soon, she is heard wailing. For much of the 27 hours of deliberation, all but two were in favor of acquittal. Castile and Yanez talk over each other, making it hard to know for sure what they were saying.

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez stands outside the Ramsey County Courthouse, May 30, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn.

  • Larry Hoffman