Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Dashcam footage shows Philando Castile's fatal encounter with police

Dashcam footage shows Philando Castile's fatal encounter with police

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Tuesday made public the massive evidence file collected as part of the investigation into the shooting death of motorist Philando Castile last summer by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez.

Castile and his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, both tell Yanez that he is not reaching for his firearm. "Don't reach for it then", Yanez says, while Castile assures him he isn't trying to. After Yanez reached Castile's driver's side window, roughly 30 seconds passed before Yanez fired his weapon.

"Okay, don't reach for it", Yanez replies, standing at the window of Castile's auto.

The shooting first gained national attention when Reynolds streamed the aftermath of the encounter on Facebook Live, detailing how Castile was shot during a routine traffic stop. Yanez can be heard yelling that before he fired seven shots into the auto.

The video shows the mundane moments that led up to the shooting: Yanez pointing out that Castile's brake lights were broken, Castile calmly telling the officer that there was a legally registered gun in the auto.

Officer Yanez calls for emergency services as he shouts "f***".

He told the driver twice more not to pull out the weapon and then started firing into the vehicle. Yanez then repeats for Castile to not pull out his firearm as he reaches toward his belt, unholsters his gun, and points it toward the driver's seat of the vehicle.

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Several other officers then arrive at the scene, pull Castile out of the vehicle, and begin administering CPR.

Castile: Sir, I have to tell you I do have a ... Yanez testified that he feared for his life after Castile refused to put his gun away. This is the only video that actually shows the shooting.

Castile responds, "I'm, I, I was reaching for", but before he finishes, Yanez, with right hand on his holster, says, "Don't pull it out".

The St. Anthony Police Department parted ways with Yanez after the verdict. "He was just staring straight ahead and I was gettin' fuckin' nervous and then I told him..."

Prosecutors had said he was not justified in firing his gun as Mr Castile was courteous and non-threatening. "And I think that that left some doubt there", he added.

Yanez was cleared by a Ramsey County Jury last Friday.

The acquittal led to renewed protests in Minnesota, with 18 people arrested Saturday after blocking a major highway near the courthouse in the capital city of St Paul.

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