The killing occurred on July 6, 2016 in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, when Yanez pulled over Castile for a traffic stop.
A jury on Friday found Yanez not guilty on a charge of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm. Castile's girlfriend, who was in the auto at the time of Castile's shooting, had filmed the deadly encounter and posted the video to Facebook, sparking national outrage and Black Lives Matter protests in Minnesota and beyond. Castile gives the proof of insurance to Yanez through the driver's side window, and Castile puts it in his pocket.
According to a transcript released Tuesday, Yanez said he thought that if Castile had "the guts and audacity" to smoke marijuana in front of the child and "risk her lungs and risk her life" with secondhand smoke, then Castile didn't care about him either. After Yanez reached Castile's driver's side window, roughly 30 seconds passed before Yanez fired his weapon. Several gunshots are heard, with screams coming from the vehicle.
Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, was also in the auto, and used Facebook to livestream the graphic aftermath of the shooting, saying that Castile had been reaching for his wallet and ID when the officer shot.
The almost 10-minute video shows Yanez pulling over Castile on a wide street on a clear summer evening.
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In the radio clip also released today, Yanez is heard saying he's going to stop a vehicle because two people inside looked like suspects in a robbery.
Before Castile finished that sentence, Yanez began pulling his weapon out of the holster. Meanwhile, backup arrives, and Reynolds is removed from the vehicle. At one point, he told investigators that he thought he was "going to die", and seemed to correlate his jitters with the fact that he smelled "burned marijuana" coming from Castile's vehicle. It does not show what happened inside the vehicle or what Yanez, who is Latino, saw.
The footage quickly spread Tuesday afternoon after it was released by state investigators. Reynolds live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook Live. And I didn't know where the gun was; he didn't tell me where the f-ing gun was.
Officers order Ms Reynolds out of the vehicle, and she gets out, hands held high. After pulling Castile's auto over, Yanez exits his cruiser and tells Castile his brake light is broken.
The jarring footage captures the fateful exchange between, a 32-year-old black motorist, and police officer Jeronimo Yanez in an incident that sparked nationwide protests last year. Yanez fired his gun only a few seconds after Castile calmly informed the officer that he had a registered gun in the auto. Yanez, who testified he thought he was going to die, was acquitted of manslaughter. "Please, Jesus, no", she is heard wailing. Yanez's critics said this is part of larger pattern in which police are more likely to brutalized black people. "Listen, listen, I'm going to take your spot".
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