Almost a year ago in St. Anthony, Minn., officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled Philando Castile over for a broken taillight and ended up fatally shooting Castile. The court released the dash cam video Tuesday depicting the graphic 10-minute scene unfold.
The video starts with Yanez and his partner pulling Castile over for the broken taillight and asking for his license. Castile says, “Sir, I do have to tell you, I have a firearm.” Yanez immediately put his hand on his gun and told him not to pull it out. According to Castile’s girlfriend in the front seat, he was reaching for either his license or registration from his wallet in his pocket. In a few seconds of confusion, the video, showing only the officer, shows Yanez screaming, “Don’t pull it out! Don’t pull it out!” before firing seven shots into the car.
Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, began a Facebook Live video immediately following the shooting, and she is heard in the video narrating what just happened, including mentioning Castile had a permit to carry.
Yanez continues to hold Castile at gunpoint, telling him not to move, while the couple’s four-year-old daughter is removed from the car. Yanez is heard heavily breathing and repeatedly saying “F–k!” He continues to hold him at gunpoint with no sounds coming from Castile. Meanwhile, backup arrives, and Reynolds is removed from the car.
When backup arrives, the video shows them removing Castile from the car and attempting CPR on him, while Yanez calms down off camera, still breathing shakily and cursing.
An officer comes to Yanez off camera who he tells “I’m f—ed up right now” to. She asks which direction he fired his weapon. He responds “Right at the driver. I had it right out. I had it pointed down. I don’t know how many rounds I got off.”
Yanez then describes what happened, saying, “He was sitting in the car, seat belted. I told him, ‘Can I see your license?’ He told me had a firearm and I told him not to reach for it and when he went down to grab, I told him not to reach for it and then he kept it right there and I told him to take his hands off of it. He had his grip a lot wider than a wallet. And I didn’t know where the gun was; he didn’t tell me where the f—ing gun was. It was just getting hinky. He was just staring straight ahead. And I was getting f—ing nervous. I told him to get his f—ing hand off his gun… F–k!”
Yanez described the passengers in the car, still struggling to breath, before answering the same questions to another officer off camera before the video ends.
This video comes after Yanez’s trial concluded on Friday, when he was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm.
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