The shooting death of Philando Castile last year landed squarely back into national headlines after Minnesota police officer Jeromino Yanez was not charged in the incident. Dashcam footage of the shooting has since surfaced, painting a disturbing picture just moments before Castile was shot and killed.
MPR News reports:
St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez had pulled over motorist Philando Castile in Falcon Heights July 6, telling his partner he thought Castile resembled a suspect in a recent convenience store holdup.
As he hands over his insurance card, Castile tells Yanez in a low key voice, “Sir, I have to tell you I do have a firearm on me.”
“OK, OK, don’t reach for it, then. Don’t pull it out,” Yanez tells him as the officer puts his hand on his holstered gun.
“I’m not pulling it out,” Castile responds.
“Don’t pull it out!” Yanez yells as he pushes his left hand into the car through the driver’s side window and draws his weapon.
“No!” Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds yells just before the first shot. Yanez fires seven times. Five hit Castile.
The footage can be seen in the clip below. WARNING: the images may be disturbing to some.