Video of killing released after Minnesota officer acquitted of manslaughter
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 10:08
The dashboard video taken from St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez's squad auto illustrated how a simple traffic stop of a black man shifted in an instant from a routine exchange to a deadly confrontation.
It shows Jeronimo Yanez drawing his gun seconds after pulling Philando Castile over for a broken taillight in Falcon Heights last summer and rapidly firing seven bullets into the 32-year-old black man's auto while his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter helplessly watched.
In the video, you can see Yanez coming up to the vehicle and saying, "Your break lights are out", informing Castile that one break light is out, as Diamond Reynolds claimed.
The video shows Yanez pulling over Castile for a busted brake light on July 6, 2016.
Yanez then radios for help, and once additional officers arrive minutes later, they pull Castile's body out of the auto and attempt to render aid. Yanez immediately put his hand on his gun and told him not to pull it out.
A jury on Friday found Yanez not guilty on a charge of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm.
Ms Reynolds is heard explaining that her boyfriend was reaching for his ID, to which Mr Yanez replied: "I told him not to reach for it". Understandably, not many people bought that explanation and are outraged that Yanez was acquitted by a jury.
The shooting on July 6 past year gained widespread attention because Mr Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, livestreamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook.
Seconds later, Yanez testified Castile's right arm dropped down at his side.
He has since been fired from the police force. Castile is then heard saying, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me".
Castile, a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker, had a permit to carry the weapon.
His statement was referenced repeatedly by prosecutors throughout his trial as evidence of what they said was the officer's shifting story but was never introduced in its entirety for jurors analysis during deliberations.
Before Castile finished that sentence, Yanez pulled his gun out of the holster. Yanez says in a more panicked tone. I told him to get his fuckin' hand off his gun ...
"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".
An officer comes to Yanez off camera who he tells "I'm f-ed up right now" to. He added, "I don't know where the gun was".
Former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez.