Authorities Release Police Dashcam Video of Philando Castile Killing
Jun 28 2017 by Francis Osborne
Newly released dashcam videofootage shows the brief interaction that ended with police officer Jeronimo Yanezshooting and killing motorist Philando Castile in July 2016. Castile gives the proof of insurance to Yanez through the driver's side window, and the officer puts it in his pocket. When Castiletold the officer that he had a concealed weapon, a gun that he was permitted to have in the state of Minnesota, the cop unholstered his gun and shotCastile to death.
"I told him not to reach for it", Yanezsaid. In response to Castile's declaration, Yanez yelled, "Don't pull it out", according to the Atlantic.
The back door of the auto then opens and Reynolds' small daughter rushes from the vehicle and into the arms of another police officer.
The shooting took place in a suburb of St. Paul, MN in July of a year ago. Yanez is then heard asking for insurance and identification.
Police vehicle 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.
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"You'll also see the officer physically tried to restraint the driver, which is not a fact that's been mentioned much, and reaches in with his left arm to push Mr. Castile's hand away from the gun", Kelly said.
Early in the brief exchange, Castile tells Officer Yanez that he has a gun, which was reportedly registered. "Sir, I have to tell you I do have a firearm on me". Reynolds also assured the officer that her boyfriend will not pull the gun out as Castile had his hands up in the air. That video brought national attention to the Castile shooting, which many deemed an example of police overreacting out of fear of black men. Shortly after the verdict, the city of St. Anthony Village announced that Yanez will no longer serve as a police officer, and will not return to active duty. Although the squad vehicle footage was described repeatedly and was shown to jurors in the courtroom, it had never been made public until Tuesday.
Steven Belton, the black president and CEO of the Minneapolis Urban League, said the footage was "powerfully painful" and that Castile was "gunned down like a rabid animal". Castile said as Yanez, seven seconds after being told of the gun, began firing into the vehicle. "He was just staring straight ahead and I was gettin' fuckin' nervous and then I told him..."
But the professor saysYanez "made a awful mistake, and he shouldn't be a cop".
A Minnesota police officer told investigators after he shot a black motorist that the smell of marijuana from the man's auto was part of why he considered the man a threat. The officer orders Castile not to reach for it and not to pull it out to which Castile replies: "I'm not pulling it out".
Yanez was cleared by a Ramsey County Jury last Friday.