Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Release of Castile slaying video shocks, angers many anew

Release of Castile slaying video shocks, angers many anew

Newly released dashcam video of a fatal shooting in Minnesota a year ago shows police officer Jeronimo Yanez firing seven gunshots seconds after Philando Castile told him he had a firearm.

The dash-cam video - part of a trove of documents, images and audio from the investigation - shows Yanez approaching Castile's auto and explaining that he was pulled over for broken brake lights.

It shows the two speaking calmly, with Castile heard saying: "Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me".

Castile had a permit to carry his weapon.

Officer Yanez then reaches toward his holster and says, "O.K., don't reach for it, then". Yanez, voice rising, repeats, "Don't pull it out" again, leans into the auto, and fires. The backup officer, Joseph Kauser, who later said he was surprised by the shooting, stands at ease near the passenger's window then suddenly hurries back toward the police auto after the shots are fired.

The shooting on July 6 a year ago gained widespread attention because Mr Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, livestreamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook. Castile can be heard screaming "I wasn't reaching" as Yanez yells "fuck" over and over again.

A transcript of the interview was released on Tuesday along with dash cam footage of the moment Yanez fired into Castile's vehicle seven times, killing him.

Yanez was sacked from the police force after the acquittal. Yanez still reached into the vehicle and fired a total of seven shots.

The officer tells Castile his tail light is out and that he will need to see license and proof of insurance.

Yanez opened fire after giving several orders to not pull out the gun.

Castile then tells the officer he isn't pulling it out.

"He's not pulling it out", Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds says.

Officer Yanez instructs Mr Castile not to pull out his handgun before suddenly drawing his own weapon and firing seven rounds into the vehicle.

Also on Tuesday, Castile's family announced it would sue the St. Anthony police department in civil court.

"It was just getting hanky, he was staring straight ahead, I was getting fucking nervous", he said. The defense argued he killed Castile because he believed the man was going to pull out his weapon. However, the dash cam video doesn't provide a clear view of what is happening inside the vehicle. Yanez slowly walks away, and another officer says: "You all right?" She eventually exits the auto, upon instructions, with her hands up and walks backward toward another officer.

"(Castile) was so respectful ...", Choi said at the press conference held this past Friday. "And I thought I was gonna die".

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