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Minnesota authorities released dashcam footage on Tuesday of the altercation that resulted in Philando Castile’s death in July of 2016.
Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds live streamed video of Castile after police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot him, but until Tuesday, the public didn’t have footage of the events leading up to the shooting. Ramsey County in Minnesota released the footage, which shows a frightened Yanez shooting Castile in his car even after Castile told Yanez he wasn’t reaching for his firearm.
Castile could be heard volunteering the fact that he had a firearm in his car. “Don’t reach for it then. Don’t pull it out,” Yanez told Castile. “I’m not pulling it out,” Castile said just moments before Yanez opened fire.
The incident started as what looked like a routine traffic stop. Yanez pulled Castile over after noticing that one of the car’s brake lights wasn’t functioning.
Yanez was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter on Monday. The jury in the case reportedly saw the dashcam footage before reaching its verdict.