Former Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted this week of manslaughter charges following the shooting death of Philando Castile, a black man killed by the former cop during a traffic stop as his girlfriend and daughter watched on.
In this video authorities just released ... That left plenty of room for reasonable doubt. Castile had a permit to carry a gun and told the officer he was carrying. For many viewers, the graphic scene of gunfire striking a black driver during a seemingly simple traffic stop served only to make last week's verdict harder to understand.
Suddenly, the officer fires numerous shots into the vehicle, killing Castile. The video does not show what happened inside the auto or what Yanez saw. Yanez said he feared for his life when he fired his service weapon into the auto. That sometimes takes some mental and verbal gymnastics when the officer, in court, refuses to acknowledge the error or inconsistency, but the fact remains that it isn't wise to put some jurors in a position that, in order to find my client not guilty, they have to, as they perceive it, rule against the police. As seen in the below video, Diamond's 4-year-old daughter tries to calm her mother down and tells her to keep quiet and stop saying bad words so her mother won't get "shooted", in a 4-year-old's language, a girl still so young that she didn't know the past tense of "shoot" is "shot".
- Radio conversation. Yanez says on the radio that he's going to stop a vehicle to check IDs because two occupants look like armed robbery suspects. Kauser said he was surprised when Yanez started shooting.
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 auto 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.
Footage from Officer Jeronimo Yanez's dashboard camera shows the officer approaching a white sedan and informing the driver, Philando Castile, that one of his tail lights is out.
At the trial, Yanez testified Castile didn't follow his directions to not reach for the gun, but instead put his hand on a pistol and pulled it out of his trousers pocket. Two bullets hit him in the heart, and he died minutes later. He said the panel spent a lot of time dissecting the meaning of the "culpable negligence" standard until the two holdouts eventually agreed Friday on acquittal. "He didn't tell me where the [expletive deleted] gun was".
She said the state did not prove that Yanez was being dishonest about seeing a gun.
"Ok, give me a kiss", Reynolds replied.
Prosecutors were not able to punch clear holes in Yanez's testimony on cross-examination. She is known for filming the aftermath of the shooting - dramatic footage that raised the national profile of the case in the aftermath.
During the interview, Yanez revealed his reasons for pulling his firearm. Judge William Leary III ruled that it was too late.
But photo evidence shows that Yanez's wallet was large, and it fell from his right pocket along with his gun as paramedics attended to him.
The video doesn't show what happened in the vehicle.
Muddying the incident even further is a transcript of an interview the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conducted with Yanez following the shooting.
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