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

Francis Olson | 21 June, 2017, 21:46

Minnesota authorities released dashcam footage on Tuesday of the altercation that resulted in Philando Castile's death in July of 2016.

"It is unfortunate I put my life and my daughter's life in jeopardy - something so dramatic, only for the verdict to be told not guilty", said Diamond Reynolds, Castile's girlfriend. Yanez can be heard talking to other officers, who are asking him questions.

Despite supposedly being concerned for Reynolds' young daughter's lungs, Yanez admitted that when he fired indiscriminately into Castile's vehicle, the little girl was in his direct line of fire and was at high risk of being hit by the bullets.

Mr Castile tells the Officer Yanez: "I have to tell you I do have a firearm on me".

Yarez is seen above pointing his gun in the auto after shooting Castile. The officer said, "Okay".

The officer is heard saying: "Well don't reach for it then".

But Castile's girlfriend says he was reaching for his driver's license and registration, not the gun.

"I'm not pulling it out", Castile replies. "I told him to get his hand out". "He was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out his pocket, and he let the officer know that he was, that he had a firearm and that he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm".

As I wrote in my August 28, 2013 column, "A good woman without a gun", a week after the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, called for armed educators and proclaimed: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun".

International Yoga Day celebrated in Pakistan too
This International Yoga Day she posted a video on Instagram in which she was performing the attractive asana of Bakasana. Modi, dressed in white, instructed the children at the outdoor yoga session at Rama Bai Ambedkar Ground.

"I told him not to reach for it!"

The killer cop who shot Philando Castile last summer told investigators that being "hit with a odor of burning marijuana" when he approached Castile's vehicle made him fear for his life and justified unloading seven bullets into the auto where the victim, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter Saturday.

The routine stop escalated quickly when Yanez fired seven fast shots into the vehicle, striking Castile five times.

On Friday, Yanez, 29, was found not guilty of one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of risky discharge of a firearm after five days of jury deliberation.

Officer Yanez's acquittal prompted days of protests, including one in St Paul last Friday that attracted thousands and shut down Interstate 94 for hours.

The video released Tuesday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Ramsey County Attorney's Office was used as evidence during the investigation and Yanez's trial.

Investigators released the video from St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo (yeh-RON'-ih-moh) Yanez's squad auto Tuesday.

Prosecutors would later say that Yanez had thought Castile resembled a suspect in a nearby armed robbery a few days earlier.


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