The dashboard camera video from the Philando Castile shooting was just released, and it shows the officer killing Castile within seconds of their encounter.
In the video, which was released on Tuesday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, St. Anthony Police Department Officer Jeronimo Yanez is shown pulling over Castile, who is driving a 1990s-era white sedan with a broken tail light. Initially, the July 2016 encounter seems non-eventful, with Yanez informing Castile he was pulling him over due to his tail light and asking for his driver’s license. Throughout the encounter, Castile is respectful and obedient of Officer Yanez’z requests.
However, following the first exchange, Castile informs Officer Yanez he has a firearm in his vehicle.
“Don’t reach for it. Don’t pull it out,” Yanez repeatedly warns, before suddenly drawing his service weapon and firing seven shots into Castile’s vehicle, with Castile’s girlfriend and daughter sitting right next to him.
“You just killed my boyfriend, he wasn’t reaching for anything,” Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, shouts as Castile cries out in pain.
“DON’T PULL IT OUT!” Yanez screamed at Reynolds.
“I wasn’t,” Reynolds says calmly.
“DON’T MOVE!” Yanez screams, clearly emotional. “Fuck! Fuck! Don’t move! Don’t move!”
The Philando Castile shooting instantly went viral after Reynolds’ Facebook Live video of her boyfriend drawing his last breaths while their daughter sat in the back of the car in the aftermath of the shooting was broadcast to the world. Two years prior to killing Castile, Yanez enrolled in a controversial training for police officers called “The Bulletproof Warrior,” which taught police officers to view private citizens as “adversaries” and “predators,” while showing participants graphic video of officers being killed on the job.
Last week, a Minnesota jury cleared Yanez of all charges.
The video can be seen below. (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)
The legal lynching of #PhilandoCastile. Video just released today.
An abomination. This officer is a murderer. Philando obeyed the law. pic.twitter.com/JNXA1XTlVk
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 20, 2017
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.