Philando Castile Dash Cam Footage Shows Diamond Reynolds Was Telling The Truth

"The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer".

(Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP). Protesters march during a demonstration, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in St. Anthony, Minn.

The jury heard two weeks of testimony and deliberated four-and-a-half days before finding Yanez not guilty.

Jeronimo Yanez's acquittal has raised serious concerns regarding the safety of black people.

On Tuesday, Minnesota authorities released the dash cam footage of the deadly encounter between Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez and black motorist Philando Castile.

The shooting gained widespread attention because Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, livestreamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

While the video shows the shooting of Castile, who was black, it does not show what happened in the auto. It was played for jurors at trial but was not released publicly until Tuesday.

In the radio clip also released today, Yanez is heard saying he's going to stop a vehicle because two people inside looked like suspects in a robbery.

"In a story of a man being shot because he was lawfully armed, you would think that one group - one powerful group in America - would say something about this", Noah said. Yanez says in a more panicked tone.

Castile was shot by Yanez during a traffic stop on July 16, 2016 just moments after he admitted to having a gun. After Yanez reached Castile's driver's side window, roughly 30 seconds passed before Yanez fired his weapon.

Prosecutors claimed that Yanez did not see the gun and acted unreasonably while the defense argued that Yanez saw Castile's hand on the gun, which he had a permit to carry, the AP said.

Here's the squad video and initial call audio from Yanez to his partner that's he's pulling Castile over, via Ramsey County.

Yanez then describes what happened, saying, "He was sitting in the vehicle, seat belted".

Yanez, who is Latino, fired seven shots at Castile just seconds after the 32-year-old said he was carrying a firearm.

In the following moments, Yanez can be seen firing several shots into the auto while his partner - who is standing on the passenger side of the vehicle - flees from the area of the auto.

Yanez continues to hold Castile at gunpoint, telling him not to move, while the couple's four-year-old daughter is removed from the vehicle. The backup officer, Joseph Kauser, who later said he was surprised by the shooting, stands at ease near the passenger's window then suddenly hurries back toward the police vehicle after the shots are fired. Soon, she was heard wailing.

Castile says, "I'm not reaching for it". "And I had no other option than to take my firearm and, and I shot". "Listen, listen, I'm going to take your spot". "I told him not to reach for it", he says. You have a right to be outraged.

Before Castile finished that sentence, Yanez began pulling his weapon out of the holster.

In the police dashcam footage, he can be heard telling Yanez about the "firearm" in a calm and orderly manner right before the cop starts blasting.

  • Larry Hoffman