March 21 2018

Officer Shot Philando Castile While Wearing "Police Lives Matter" Bracelet

March 21 2018, 12:41 | Rex Rios

Officer Shot Philando Castile While Wearing "Police Lives Matter" Bracelet

His girlfriend Diamond Reynolds recorded the moments after the shooting and streamed the incident on Facebook

Diamond Reynolds' daughter hugs her after the Philando Castile shooting. Castile's girlfriend and her daughter were in the auto.

"I can keep you safe", she said, placing her hands on Reynold's neck and face.

The jury spent almost 30 hours deciding Yanez's fate.

Yanez, 29, testified that he believed he saw Castile, 32, going for his gun, and that he saw the gun itself.

Between the release of the footage on June 20 and noon on June 21, the three major cable news networks - CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC - spent 44 minutes covering the release of the footage. Castile told Yanez that he had a firearm and a permit, according to Reynolds.

Yanez, who is Latino, shot Castile, who is black, five times during a July 6, 2016 traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn. He says the video is "powerfully painful".

Yanez later said that he feared Castile was reaching for his gun, which he was licensed to carry. Afterward, one of his attorneys, Tom Kelly, said the defense was "satisfied".

The video doesn't show what happened in the vehicle. Yanez said, "OK. Don't reach for it then".

A jury last week acquitted Yanez.

"But you didn't say anything about the marijuana?" investigators asked.

With his voice initially composed, Yanez said: "OK".

In the moments after a Minnesota officer fatally shot Philando Castile, his girlfriend's young daughter attempted to keep her mother calm while they sat in the back of a cop cruiser. I learned early in my career that if I could prove an officer was being untruthful or made an error during an investigation, I would be better off if I portrayed to the jury that the officer just made an honest mistake. The men go back and forth for a second and in a flash, Yanez shoot seven times into the car's window, killing Castile.

Castile's shooting was among a string of killings of Blacks by police around the USA, and the livestreaming of its aftermath by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, attracted even more attention.

Footage from the graphic clip shows Diamond handcuffed in the back of a cop auto with her daughter right after the tragic shooting. On Tuesday, authorities released thousands of pages of investigative reports along with dashcam footage of the traffic stop and shooting. And then Yanez fires into the auto.

The video released Wednesday and recorded from inside a police cruiser's back seat shows Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her daughter in the immediate aftermath of the police shooting that killed Castile last August. Yanez shot Castile seven times while was getting his identification card and documentation as he had been instructed to do by Yanez.

As they spent the next agonizing moments struggling to grasp what they had witnessed, their emotional interaction in the police auto was captured in a video that was released Wednesday. Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted in the death.

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