The video was among thousands of files released Wednesday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Officials in Minnesota have released the police vehicle dash-cam video showing the brutal police killing of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights last July.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota police officer who pulled over Philando Castile politely told the black driver that his brake lights were out and calmly instructed him not to pull out his handgun before suddenly drawing his own weapon and firing seven rounds into the auto, a video showed.
Put in context, Yanez' after-the-fact comments about the smell of marijuana seem to imply that the former police officer had completely unwarranted pre-conceived notions about Castile before a gun was mentioned by either party. According to Tom, Yanez's actions were over the top for the situation that he was in. Some will even go so far as to not believe an officer could make a mistake.
Jurors weren't allowed to review this transcript during Yanez's trial, but it was referenced several times.
Rear-seat camera video released by authorities shows Diamond Reynolds with her daughter in the back of the police squad vehicle.
But even with the shocking squad-car footage, prosecutors faced a challenge because no video showed exactly what happened inside Castile's vehicle.
While it's unclear how exactly Yanez found out Castile had died, Reynolds' reaction was caught on video during her interview with the BCA in a heartbreaking moment.
Images show Diamond Reynolds and her daughter in the back of the police vehicle after the shooting.
CASTILE: I'm not pulling it out. Yanez says, "OK. Don't reach for it then".
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YANEZ: Don't pull it out.
After being shot, Castile, who had a permit to carry the firearm and no criminal background, can be heard saying: "I wasn't reaching". She initially explained that an Xbox video game console had been stolen, and she showed the officers evidence that things had been disturbed on her bed. He said it's a reminder of black men "hanging from trees, black men being shot, beaten, stabbed for being black". However, as Tom pointed out, Castile's gun was nowhere in sight. But they said prosecutors failed to prove that Yanez acted with "culpable negligence", the legal standard needed to support a conviction for second-degree manslaughter in Minnesota.
"If the officer would've exercised more caution, it may not have escalated as fast", he said.
Over the years, nearly every single time I've selected a jury or watched others select one, at least some of the potential jurors acknowledge after being questioned during the jury selection process that they tend to believe an officer's word over any other witness.
Castile, 32, was shot seconds after he told the officer he was legally carrying a firearm with him, and repeatedly told Yanez that he was not reaching for it.
One of the most controversial police shootings of the a year ago started with what seemed like a routine traffic stop, recently released police footage shows. It captured what was said between the two men. Yanez tells Castile he has a brake light out before asking for his paperwork. 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.
In the dash-cam video, Yanez can be seen approaching the auto. Soon, she is heard wailing. "I don't want you to get shooted, OK?" I'm going to take your spot. Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted in the death. "You all right? You're not hit any, are you?"
The defense argued that Castile was under the influence of marijuana and did not comply with the officer's instructions. Yanez is then off-camera, but can be heard talking through his body microphone.
An investigator reluctantly responds, "Yea, I think I got.I don't think.Phil has died".
A Ramsey County jury acquitted Officer Yanez after 29 hours of deliberations, sparking days of protests and condemnation from activists across the country.