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Chilling Dashcam Video Of Philando Castile Shooting Surfaces

The trial of Minnesota Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez ended last week with his acquittal in the death of motorist Philando Castile. Ramsey County in Minnesota released the footage, which shows a frightened Yanez shooting Castile in his auto even after Castile told Yanez he wasn’t reaching for his firearm.Jeronimo Yarez opened fire on Castile as he sat in the passenger seat of his auto in St. Anthony, Minnesota, last July. The officer said he fired because he feared for his life.The video shows Yanez pull Castile over. Yanez approaches the white 1997 Oldsmobile and leans in to speak through the driver’s window.Mr. Castile starts to answer, but is cut off by Officer Yanez, whose voice is now raised.Until this point, we had only seen the aftermath of the shooting as Diamond Reynolds began to live-stream on Facebook. The officer asks for proof of insurance and a driver’s license.”Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me”, Castile said.”The City of St. Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city”, the city said in a statement.Yanez: “Don’t pull it out”. Meanwhile, Castile’s bullet-riddled body was pulled from the auto and laid on the street.”The video does not show images that might have been essential for jurors to consider: a full view of the front seat of Mr. Castile’s vehicle, which would have showed his hands – and what he was reaching for – just before the shooting”, Mitch Smith wrote for the New York Times.”You just killed my boyfriend”, she screams. Yanez was then off-camera, but was heard talking through his body microphone. A couple of seconds after the shooting, a young girl, who is Reynolds’ daughter, is seen getting out of the auto and being picked up by another police officer on the scene.The devastated fiancée was live streaming on Facebook at the time.As more police and an ambulance arrive, Officer Yanezcan be heard breathing heavily and swearing and trying to explain his actions to fellow officers.An officer comes to Yanez off camera who he tells “I’m f-ed up right now” to. And I thought he was reaching for the gun. Um I shot him. He had his grip a lot wider than a wallet.”And then I lost view of it. Cuz he kept canting his shoulder and then I believe I told him again, I can’t remember, don’t do it”.Yanez gives a brief explanation of the events to a supervising officer on the scene.Yanez then gets visibly agitated and tells Castile, “OK, don’t reach for it“.”So if I’m facing the driver she was, she was diagonal from him. He didn’t tell me where the [expletive] gun was”. “That wasn’t my intention”. At one point, he told investigators that he thought he was “going to die”, and seemed to correlate his jitters with the fact that he smelled “burned marijuana” coming from Castile’s auto. Joseph Kauser, an officer who arrived to provide backup, stood on the right side of Castile’s auto with his thumbs hooked in a casual position on the inner armpit area of his bullet resistant vest.Yanez fires seven shots into the vehicle. He also said Yanez could have acted differently. “It raises the question: How will you ever get a guilty verdict?” the president of the African-American Leadership Council says. And I was getting f-ing nervous. “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”.