Yanez told investigators the next day that he believed he saw Castile pulling out a gun. Five of Yanez's bullets struck the 32-year-old black man and he was pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center.
In a blurry black-and-white video taken of Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter as they sit in the back of a squad vehicle shortly after the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, the young girl hugs her mom and pleads with her not to yell or try and take off her handcuffs. Reynolds tells her. "When they come, OK, tell them you wish that they didn't have to kill people".
Muddying the incident even further is a transcript of an interview the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conducted with Yanez following the shooting.
While jurors heard quite a bit about the interview, prosecutors waited until cross-examining Yanez before they tried to introduce the full audio. I told him to get his hand out!'
After the shooting, the video shows Yanez standing at the auto window, breathing heavily and cursing repeatedly, with his gun drawn for some time. I don't know what that jury heard and saw from the witnesses and attorneys. I smelled burnt marijuana.
And if smoking in front of children makes one a cold-blooded killer, well, then we here at Blavity have seen hundreds of killers roaming free on the streets. Does he really believe that a person who smokes in front of their child in a auto would have the propensity to kill a police officer? Prosecutors contended that the officer never saw the gun because it remained in Castile's pocket until paramedics removed him from his vehicle. "Rip him meaning steal from him".
In Minnesota, possession of 42.5 grams or less (1.48 ounces) of marijuana is a misdemeanor with a $200 maximum fine. He was found not guilty of manslaughter and other charges in the death of Castile, a black motorist who was shot seconds after he told Yanez he had a gun. According to Tom, Yanez's actions were over the top for the situation that he was in.
"As he was pulling at, out his hand, I thought, I was gonna die".
"I can keep you safe", the girl said.
The problems with this statement are evident to most thinking and responsible adults, but let me break this down into three parts so everyone understands the ridiculousness of his comments and why a person like this should not be in law enforcement.
"Do you have your license and insurance?" he asks Mr Castille.
"But you didn't say anything about the marijuana?" investigators asked. "I don't want it to be like this anymore", the girl says.
"If the officer would've exercised more caution, it may not have escalated as fast", he said. The video was presented to a jury during Yanez's trial. In his wallet, Castile also had a gun permit. He might be the robber.
The video came from a camera in the squad auto of Officer Jeronimo Yanez.
In the dash-cam video, Yanez can be seen approaching the auto. And it showed Yanez repeatedly firing into the vehicle for reasons that are not clear on the tape. Police delivered evidence at trial of 6 grams of weed inside a plastic baggie tucked in a jar with the lid off on Reynolds' seat.
Yanez testified that Castile ignored his commands not to pull out the gun. Police arrested eighteen people.
Polly joined The Cannabist in December 2016 as a digital producer.