Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

What To Make Of Philando Castile's Death, One Year Later


Warning: This video contains graphic content. Viewer discretion advised.

Dashcam footage of the moments a Minnesota police officer fatally shot black man Philando Castile in his auto after he was pulled over for having faulty brakelights has been publicly released.

The shooting on July 6 past year, in the Minneapolis suburb of Falcon Heights, gained widespread attention because Mr Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

The 29-year-old police officer was found not guilty on charges of second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of intentional discharge of a unsafe weapon for endangering the safety of Mr Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter, who were both in the auto at the time. Castile then told the police officer that he had a weapon, which the cop instructed him not to reach for, reports the news outlet. The video shows the brief interaction between Castile and police officer Jeronimo Yanez after Castile was pulled over.

"Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me", Castile said 30 seconds after they began speaking.

"Stunned." That's the word Glenda Hatchett used Wednesday to describe how she felt after seeing the dashcam footage of Philando Castile's July 2016 shooting death during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis.

The video shows Yanez following Castile's auto, then pulling it over. Yanez says, "OK. Don't reach for it then".

Dash camera footage released with the transcripts clearly picks up Castile saying: "I do have a firearm on me", a gun he was licensed to carry. An emotional Yanez keeps his gun pointed toward a wounded Castile while calling for backup and an ambulance.

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As the video shows, it takes a full six minutes after Castile is shot before he is removed from the auto and receives medical attention.

Yeah, Yanez appears weepy and remorseful, but all of that emotion does not account for the lack of training that compelled the officer to shoot and kill a lawful gun owner, who told him he had a weapon. Reynolds live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook Live.

A fellow officer speaks repeatedly to Officer Yanez to get him away from the vehicle: "I'm going to take your spot". Yanez continues, saying "I don't know where the gun was".

Mr Castile's family plan to file a civil lawsuit, while Officer Yanez will not return to active duty and will negotiate a "voluntary separation agreement", officials said.

The incident - one in a series of high-profile shootings of African-Americans by police - stunned the nation after Castile's final moments were livestreamed on Facebook by his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, as blood spread on Castile's shirt.

Early in the brief exchange, Castile tells Officer Yanez that he has a gun, which was reportedly registered.

Even though Officer Yanez was cleared of all charges, the city of St. Anthony said he would be dismissed from the police force.

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