The police dashcam video of the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile has been released after St. Anthony, Minn. police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of second-degree manslaughter.
Officer Yanez’s squad camera picks up Philando Castile’s vehicle just after 9:04 p.m. on Larpenteur Avenue in Falcon Heights. The officer notices some brake lights out and initiates what appears to be a routine traffic stop.
“Uh, reason I pulled you over do you, your brake lights are out,” Yanez said. “So you only have one activated, active brake light and that’s gonna be your passenger side one. Your third brake light which is up here on top and then this one back here is gonna be out.”
Officer Yanez asks for license and insurance and Philando Castile complies. He hands over his insurance card and then tells the officer he has a firearm. Within seconds, Yanez opens fire murdering Philando Castile.
A jury had to decide whether it was a case of manslaughter or an act of self-defense.
He was acquitted Friday of one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety. Yanez testified he feared for his life because he believed Castile was pulling his own gun from his pocket. But prosecutors said Yanez was too quick to pull the trigger.