Dashcam video, other evidence in Castile case released

Philando CastileJeronimo Yanez

Philando CastileJeronimo Yanez

Kauser testified that he didn't think the situation was threatening until Yanez opened fire, nor did he ever saw a gun in the vehicle. Yanez begins to remove his own gun, and though some of the exchange is hard to hear, Yanez warns him, "Don't pull it out". Taken from the camera mounted on Yanez's squad car's dashcam, the footage doesn't show what happened inside Castile's vehicle, meaning the jury had to decide whose version of events it believed.

As Yanez says "Don't pull it out" a second time, he grabs his gun and points it inside the auto, firing multiple rounds. Ramsey County in Minnesota released the footage, which shows a frightened Yanez shooting Castile in his vehicle even after Castile told Yanez he wasn't reaching for his firearm. He told the driver twice more not to pull out the weapon and then started firing into the auto.

Yanez suddenly opened fire on Castile, and Yanez's partner quickly jumped out of the way on the other side of the auto.

In a later interview Yanez describes he saw Castile appear to make a "C" shape with his hand as he was reaching for a gun. It was played for jurors at trial but was not released publicly until Tuesday.

"I know he had an object - and it was dark", Castile said.

Civil rights campaigners and activists say the disproportionate number of black Americans killed by police is part of a broader pattern of racial discrimination in the country's justice system. He said he felt he and his partner were in danger.

Craig Hutchinson, a white employment recruiter from the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth, said in a tweet to The Associated Press that he was surprised at how quickly the situation intensified. Yanez says in a more panicked tone.

In the transcript, the officer makes numerous mentions of the odor of marijuana, explaining that it led him to immediately begin making assumptions about why Castile was carrying a weapon. We have not had dash cam footage. It captured what was said between the two men. This is the only video that actually shows the shooting.

In court, Yanez testified that Castile ignored his commands not to pull out the gun and that he feared for his life. The dashcam video shows Yanez stopping Castile on the road, approaching his vehicle and asking for appropriate documents.

In the aftermath, Diamond said Castile was reaching for his driver's license and registration, not the gun; Yanez claimed Castile matched the description of an armed robber on the loose.

Five of those shots hit Castile.

The back door of the auto then opens and Reynolds' small daughter rushes from the vehicle and into the arms of another police officer.

Officers direct Reynolds out of the auto.

She can later be heard sobbing as more officers arrive at the scene. It took the jury four-and-a-half days before they found him not guilty. "And for the little girl in the back and the front seat passenger and he dropped his hand down and I can't remember what I was telling him but I was telling him something as his hand went down I think". And as he was pulling it out I, a million things started going through my head. "He didn't tell me where the f-- gun was". Yanez fired his gun only a few seconds after Castile calmly informed the officer that he had a registered gun in the auto. It includes audio from a microphone Yanez was wearing.

The conversation lasts just eight seconds, with Yanez interrupting twice saying, "Don't pull it out".

Yanez's acquittal prompted days of protests, including one in St Paul last Friday that attracted thousands and shut down Interstate 94 for hours. Eighteen people were arrested. As he reached for his driving licence, Yanez opened fire.

According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, the footage was released by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Ramsey County Attorney's office.

Authorities have released dash camera video that shows the traffic stop in which Philando Castile was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer.

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