Philando Castile warned officer he was armed, video shows

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24 June, 2017

WARNING: The video below contains graphic content.

Though damning, the video doesn't show what's happening inside the vehicle and can't verify that Castile had reached for his gun as Yanez's lawyers argued, nor that he was instead reaching for his wallet to get him his ID, as Reynolds had claimed.

Castile could be heard volunteering the fact that he had a firearm in his vehicle. "Okay", Yanez says. "Don't reach for it then".

In the video, you can see Yanez coming up to the auto and saying, "Your break lights are out", informing Castile that one break light is out, as Diamond Reynolds claimed. "I'm not pulling it out", Castile said just moments before Yanez opened fire.

The squad-car video shows a wide view of the traffic stop and the shooting, with the camera pointed toward Castile's vehicle.

The video begins as Yanez pulls over Castile's auto due to a broken taillight.

Yanez was acquitted Friday on all counts: second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm.

Reynolds maintains that Castile was reaching for his identification in his wallet after, as the video shows, he tells Yanez that he has a firearm.

Prosecutors would later say that Yanez had thought Castile resembled a suspect in a nearby armed robbery a few days earlier. Yanez informs Castile that one of his break lights is out.

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Castile's body is thrown to the right after the first shot. Castile gives the proof of insurance to Yanez through the driver's side window, and Castile puts it in his pocket.

"I don't know what more could have been done", said Castile family attorney Glenda Hatchett.

Tuesday, dash camera video shows the moments before, during and after the gunfire.

Within seconds, Yanez had fired seven rounds into the vehicle.

Until Tuesday, the only public video of the incident was a Facebook livestream taken by Reynolds shortly after the shooting, as Castile, a cafeteria worker at a St. Paul elementary school, bled out in the auto. Yanez replied saying, "OK".

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 city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer", it said.

If convicted, Yanez faced 10 years in prison and being fined up to $20,000 on the manslaughter charge and five years and fined $5,000 on each of the other charges.


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