Dash Cam Footage Of The Shooting Death Of Philando Castile Released
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 13:25
What follows is a tragedy as we hear continuous shots being fired at Philando Castile.
Yanez, the son of a Mexican immigrant, testified during the trial that he feared for his life after Castile began reaching for a firearm.
Mr. Castile, who had a permit to carry a gun, then says, "Sir, I have to tell you I do have a firearm on me".
Castile: "I'm not pulling it out".
While the contents of the dashcam footage are largely known, due to the court case, it's the first time the moments before Reynold's livestream have been seen by the public.
Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges stemming from the shooting by a Minnesota jury on Friday.
Now that Officer Yanez has been acquitted and the trial has run its course, the police dash cam footage of the shooting has finally been released to the public. At one point, he told investigators that he thought he was "going to die", and seemed to correlate his jitters with the fact that he smelled "burned marijuana" coming from Castile's auto.
The squad-car video shows Yanez approaching Castile's vehicle and asking for a driver's license and proof of insurance.
Yanez, sounding agitated, again says not to pull the gun out and immediately fires eight shots into the auto.
The dashcam video lined up with Reynolds' claims on Facebook Live that Castile had assured the officer he wasn't reaching for his gun - though Yanez neglected to mention the assurance in his interview. You can hear her recapping her version of the events, presumably for an audience online.
The shooting death of Philando Castile happened last July during a traffic stop.
"[Castile] was just staring straight ahead and I was getting f***** nervous", Yanez says, his voice sounding distressed. One piece of evidence is an email detailing a Ferguson, Mo., officer offering support to the St. Anthony Police Department after Castile died during the traffic stop.
"I thought he had it enough so all he had to do is just pull it out, point it at me, move his trigger finger down the trigger and let off rounds".