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Disturbing Video Released of Fatal Police Shooting of Philando Castile

The Minnesota police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile told state investigators that he believed his life was danger because he smelled marijuana in his auto, according to transcripts released on Tuesday along with dash-camera footage.New dash cam video released Tuesday shows a Minnesota police officer shooting an African-American man seconds after the man told the officer he was carrying a firearm.When the shooting stops, the video shows Officer Yanez standing at the auto window with his gun drawn for some time.Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed the shooting’s aftermath on Facebook Live to millions of horrified viewers. After an exchange in which Castile says he’s carrying a weapon, Yanez fires several rounds into the vehicle, killing Castile.Castile then gives the proof of insurance to Yanez through the driver’s side window.Castile hands over the cards and says, “Sir, I do have to tell you I do have a firearm on me”. “I’m not!” Castile says as Yanez starts firing into the vehicle.Yanez says, “Okay”, then tells him not to reach for it.In the following moments, Yanez can be seen firing several shots into the auto while his partner – who is standing on the passenger side of the vehicle – flees from the area of the auto. However, the dash cam video doesn’t provide a clear view of what is happening inside the vehicle.The squad vehicle camera also captures the moment his girlfriend’s 4 year-old child gets out of the backseat.The video was shown in court during Yanez’ manslaughter trial, reports CNN. After an inaudible section, Castile says, “I’m not pulling it out”.Yanez, a St. Anthony officer, testified he feared for his life because Castile put his hand on his firearm, not his wallet or identification papers, and was pulling the gun from his pocket.The footage, released by Ramsey County, does not offer a clear view of Castile’s actions.Castile’s girlfriend can be heard screaming, “You just killed my boyfriend”.As more police and an ambulance arrived, Officer Yanez could be heard breathing heavily and swearing and trying to explain his actions to fellow officers. “He didn’t tell me where the fucking gun was”.The video was played during Yanez’s trial.The dashcam video is around 10 minutes long. Yanez walks out of sight of the camera, but can be heard describing the shooting to his supervisor. “I thought I was going to die”.The protesters marched against the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez, was found not guilty of manslaughter for shooting Philando Castile during a traffic stop.”The system continues to fail black people”, said Castile’s mother, Valerie, following the verdict.He was sacked by the St Anthony police department on Friday shortly after he was found not guilty.