Minnesota authorities on Tuesday publicly released dashcam video of former St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez shooting and killing Philando Castile in July 2016, four days after Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter. But within seconds, Yanez fires seven times at Castile, while his girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter remain in the vehicle.
The video shows the mundane moments that led up to the shooting: Yanez pointing out that Castile's brake lights were broken, Castile calmly telling the officer that there was a legally registered gun in the auto.
He told Mr Castile he pulled him over because a brake light was out before he asked for his driver's licence and insurance.
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.
"OK. Don't reach for it, then", Yanez says as he appears to reach for his own weapon.
The officer then shoots Castile seven times, just over a minute after the traffic stop began. The man, whose girlfriend was sitting beside him as her daughter sat in the back seat, said, "I'm not pulling it out". Yanez again yelled: "Don't pull it out!"
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Hutchinson, who said he has a concealed-carry permit, also said the video left room for reasonable doubt, because it didn't show where the gun was.
Yanez, then a St. Anthony officer, testified Castile put his hand on his firearm, not his wallet or identification papers, and was pulling the gun from his pocket. Yanez's weapon is seen pointing toward the bloodied Castile.
Documents released Tuesday also revealed that Yanez couldn't provide investigators with a detailed description of the driver of the vehicle he pursued, thinking he resembled a suspect in a recent robbery. "Oh my God, please don't tell me he's dead".
One juror spoke to the media. "If the officer would've exercised more caution, it may not have escalated as fast", he said. The dashboard camera footage taken from St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez's squad vehicle illustrated how a simple traffic stop shifted in an instant from a routine exchange to a deadly confrontation.