On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile, a black man, was pulled over in a St. Paul, MN, suburb for having a busted taillight. Officer Yanez, who was charged with three felonies, including second-degree manslaughter, told jurors he feared for his life.
Five rounds hit Castile and two pierced his heart, prosecutors said.
Before Castile could finish his sentence, Yanez drew his own gun.
Castile can then be seen handing his insurance card to Yanez, which Yanez reads and then pockets.
Castile responds, "I wasn't reaching". After Yanez reached Castile's driver's side window, roughly 30 seconds passed before Yanez fired his weapon.
At that moment, Yanez can be seen starting to pull his weapon from his holster with his right hand.
Castile: I'm not pulling it out.
"You just killed my boyfriend", she screams.
Yanez is then heard shouting obscenities and breathing heavily as the tape continues.
The squad auto camera also captures the moment his girlfriend's 4 year-old child gets out of the backseat.
Reynolds begins sharing a live video on Facebook, narrating in calm tones. Reynolds' four-year-old daughter was in the back.
When Officer Yanez opened fire, another officer near the vehicle jumped back, and Officer Yanez began yelling at the driver.
"He did nothing but comply with Officer Yanez's instructions to get his driver's license. I don't want you to get shooted". Yanez yelled as Castile bled to death. I told him not to reach for it. Um I shot him. "He didn't tell me where the f-- gun was". I knew, in theory, what to expect, but we all saw it for the first time when the jury saw it.
Yanez gives a brief explanation of the events to a supervising officer on the scene.
"OK, don't reach for it then", Yanez says.
"So if I'm facing the driver she was, she was diagonal from him". And I didn't know where the gun was; he didn't tell me where the f-ing gun was.
This was one of the pieces of evidence used in the trial.
From there Yanez pulled out his gun and left off a number of shots directly into the vehicle. "That wasn't my intention".
"I thought about my own obsessive ritual when I get in my car-making sure I have my license, registration, current proof of insurance-because if pulled over for Driving While Black, I can not afford any missteps".
You can not see what Castile was doing inside the auto or what the officer saw.
Yanez testified that Castile ignored his commands not to pull out the gun. He also said Yanez could have acted differently.
"In a story of a man being shot because he was lawfully armed, you would think that one group - one powerful group in America - would say something about this", Noah said. And I was getting f-ing nervous.
Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend in the passenger seat, states that she isn't moving.
Yanez can be heard screaming profanities and sobbing after the shooting.
The file includes the dashcam footage from Yanez's squad vehicle.
Although many already believed the verdict was a miscarriage of justice, the public release of the dashcam video reiterated those feelings.
"Hello, sir... How are you?" "Oh my God, please don't tell me he's dead". Several gunshots are heard, with screams coming from the vehicle. Soon, she was heard wailing. "Please no, don't let him be gone, Lord". Although the jury was not able to listen to the recording after a ruling by Judge William Leary III, it is included in the BCA case file.
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