Video of police killing Philando Castile is publicly released

The trial of Minnesota Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez ended last week with his acquittal in the death of motorist Philando Castile.

Trevor Noah blasted the NRA for remaining silent on the police killing of licensed gun owner Philando Castile, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop that was streamed live on Facebook.

The newly released video was captured from the camera inside Officer Jeronimo Yanez's patrol vehicle and is the very footage that jurors saw when deciding his fate.

After stopping Castile, he tells him about his tail light and asks him for his license and proof of insurance while his partner waits behind.

"Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me", Castile can be heard saying in the video.

Yanez approaches the auto and says, "Hello, sir", to Castile, who responds, "How are you?"

After Yanez was acquitted, the city of St. Anthony released a statement Friday saying "the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city". As he reached for his driving licence, Yanez opened fire.

Despite supposedly being concerned for Reynolds' young daughter's lungs, Yanez admitted that when he fired indiscriminately into Castile's vehicle, the little girl was in his direct line of fire and was at high risk of being hit by the bullets.

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".

Yanez, a St. Anthony officer, testified he feared for his life because Castile put his hand on his firearm, not his wallet or identification papers, and was pulling the gun from his pocket. "Like I don't know what silent crime you think I'm on my way to commit, but I've been stopped in a Tesla".

'My son loved this city, and this city killed my son, ' Castile's mother, Valerie, said as she stood on a corner outside the courthouse afterward. "I thought I was going to die". "You told him to get his ID, sir, and his driver's license".

"Stunned." That's the word Glenda Hatchett used Wednesday to describe how she felt after seeing the dashcam footage of Philando Castile's July 2016 shooting death during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis.

The verdict was met by protests Friday. "Will there ever be accountability?"

According to CNN affiliate WCCO, Ploussard said that when jurors came to understand the definition of "culpable negligence", they decided Yanez had acted as any other officer would.

The St. Anthony Police Department parted ways with Yanez after the verdict.

  • Larry Hoffman