Dash Cam Video of Philando Castile's Fatal Shooting Has Been Released

Posted June 21, 2017

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop was acquitted on all charges by a jury on June 16, almost a year after his death.

The verdict was met by protests Friday. The defense didn't present the video during its case.

Amid news that a Minnesota police officer was acquitted of manslaughter in the killing of Philando Castile, actor Michael B. Jordan and free-agent National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick have weighed in - and the latter has made a damning declaration. While I wait for that to happen, I'll be paying tribute to the life and memory of Philando Castile. "He was compliant. He wasn't resisting, and at the end of the day, this was a traffic stop".

The 10-minute video begins roughly at the timestamp 9:04 p.m. on July 6, 2016, and shows Yanez's police cruiser trailing Castile's auto for several seconds before activating lights to pull him over. Castile says, "Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me".

Yanez fired seven bullets at Castile, hitting him five times, after ordering the school cafeteria supervisor to pull his auto over because of a broken brake light.

She started live-streaming on Facebook after the shots were fired, capturing Yanez yelling, "I told him not to reach for it!" and a bleeding Castile saying, "I wasn't reaching for it".

Yanez fires seven shots into the vehicle.

Castile, a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker, had a permit to carry the weapon. The other video, Diamond Reynolds' Facebook live, captured the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

The next voice is that of Reynolds, who said, "He's not ..." before being cut off by Yanez.

The video shows Yanez following Castile's vehicle, then pulling it over.

One juror spoke to the media.

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Federal prosecutors said they are assessing the case to see if it warrants further review.

The family of Philando Castile is planning to sue the former Saint Anthony police officer who shot and killed him last summer. He continues to hold him at gunpoint with no sounds coming from Castile.

At trial, radio calls showed Yanez said he was going to stop a vehicle to check IDs because two occupants look like armed robbery suspects.

That drip of evidence release became a deluge at 2:30 p.m., when the BCA released the full case file, including the dash camera video from Yanez's squad.

Glenda Hatchett, the attorney representing the Castile family, told viewers to trust their own perception when they watch the footage.

Every time I watch that video. the question I ask myself is, 'How?' Just ... how? There's always a different thing that explains why a person got shot.

When backup arrives, the video shows them removing Castile from the auto and attempting CPR on him, while Yanez calms down off camera, still breathing shakily and cursing. "Nothing in the video indicates that Philando Castile was ever a threat to Ofc". He instead jumped out of the way of Yanez's bullets and as Yanez was frantically screaming expletives and "Don't move!"

Before Castile finishes that sentence, Yanez has his hand on his own gun and is pulling it out of the holster.

Yanez: And I don't know where the gun was, he didn't tell me where the (expletive) gun was.

Bekuh Sibet, a 29-year-old waitress from nearby Richfield, said it was obvious to her from the video that Castile was complying.