Yanez dash cam tape, case evidence released
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 14:40
Audio can heard at about the:30 mark below (Warning: the video is graphic).
The Minnesota police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile told state investigators that he believed his life was danger because he smelled marijuana in his vehicle, according to transcripts released on Tuesday along with dash-camera footage.
The shooting on July 6 a year ago, in the Minneapolis suburb of Falcon Heights, gained widespread attention because Mr Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook.
Police auto video of a Minnesota officer shooting a black motorist, whose dying moments were livestreamed on Facebook, was made public for the first time Tuesday, days after the officer was acquitted at trial.
Castile could be heard volunteering the fact that he had a firearm in his auto.
An audio recording captured Castile telling Yanez he had a gun in the auto, and the officer telling Castile not to reach for it. Seconds later, Yanez opened fire.
Castile hands over the cards and says, "Sir, I do have to tell you I do have a firearm on me". The protesters marched against the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez, was found not guilty of manslaughter for shooting Philando Castile during a traffic stop.
Early in the brief exchange, Castile tells Officer Yanez that he has a gun, which was reportedly registered.
It was a first - a Facebook Live of the tail end of a Minnesota police officer fatally shooting motorist Philando Castile. Five of those shots hit Castile. While he would not go into details about their conversation or Yanez's plans for the future, Gray said, "obviously this isn't an easy time, but he'll get through it".
Officers pull Castile from the vehicle and begin CPR.
When Officer Yanez opened fire, another officer near the auto jumped back, and Officer Yanez began yelling at the driver. Yanez is then off-camera, but can be heard talking through his body microphone. And I thought I was gonna die. Prosecutors contend Castile wasn't going for his gun and Yanez never saw it.
The officer replies, "Okay, Don't reach for it then".
The video comes a week after Yanez's manslaughter trial for the July 2016 killing of Castile ended.
He then continued by making a point of how the National Rifle Association has conveniently stayed silent on Castile's death despite how the circumstances appeal to the core of their morals: Castile was killed for having a firearm, in the company of his family, despite being a registered gun owner.