Cop's Lawyer Blames Philando Castile's Gun, Not His Race

37-year-old Alton Sterling who was fatally shot by police on July 5

37-year-old Alton Sterling who was fatally shot by police on July 5

Castile, a 32-year-old nutrition services supervisor at a magnet school, was pulled over at a traffic stop and was shot in the torso while reportedly reaching for his ID to show to the officer.

Reynolds was composed throughout the interview, tearing up only while talking about her 4-year-old daughter, who witnessed the shooting, and while revealing what she'd want people to know about Castile.

State investigators said the two officers involved were Jeronimo Yanez and Joseph Kauser, both four-year veterans of the St. Anthony Police Department, with Yanez identified as the shooter.

Then, the officer says the people in the auto look like robbery suspects, noting the driver's "wide-set nose". "The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just 'cause of the wide set nose", the officer continues. Castile died after being shot by an officer during a police stop.

Yanez, who is of Mexican descent, is cooperating fully with the state's investigation into the shooting, Kelly said. No one else was injured. Police report that a gun was recovered from the scene. "Officer Yanez radioed a request for an ambulance". Diamond Reynolds live streamed her bloody slumped-over boyfriend, Philando Castile (32), as he lay dying in the auto. Hours earlier, some of Castile's relatives, including a sister who said she considered him a father figure, addressed the protesters and spoke of their grief.

"I told him not to reach for it", the officer can be heard saying in the background of Reynolds' video. "She says things to me like "Mom, Phil says this" or "Mom, Phil says that" or 'Mom, I'm gonna make Phil some soup because that's gonna make him feel better and come back'".

The department told The Huffington Post that they were not answering questions and said to contact the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is leading the investigation into Castile's death.

Kauser (left), who is married, has served with the St Anthony Police Department for four years.

During the live stream, the girlfriend said the "police just shot my boyfriend for no apparent reason", as reported by Breitbart News.

Kelly told The Associated Press on Saturday that Yanez was reacting to the seeing that gun, not Castile's race, when he drew his own weapon.

In the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop, the National Rifle Association voiced its support on July 8 for those who legally carry guns.

"[Castile] was never even asked was he armed or anything".

"All he had to have was reasonable suspicion to pull him over", Kelly said.

And a bystander who took video of Castile's auto at the scene said the tail lights on Castile's vehicle were working that night.

"They're not getting any kind of the benefit of the doubt, '" Smith said. "You can see the auto is on", Gregory Ford says in the video, which shows multiple police vehicles with flashing lights behind Castile's auto.

The St. Paul Police Department said Sunday an officer hit by a piece of concrete has broken vertebrae.

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