Days after Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, authorities have released the dashcam video from Officer Yanez’s police cruiser. While millions have seen the aftermath of the shooting in a video taken by Castile’s girlfriend, this video provides the first public glimpse into the moments before the shooting as well the shooting itself.
Jurors saw this video several times during the course of Yanez’s trial, but until now it has not been shown outside the courtroom, according to a report from the New York Times. The jury acquitted Yanez of both second-degree manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm.
Yanez approaches Castile’s vehicle and explains that he pulled Castile over due to a broken taillight, which can be seen in the video. During the trial, Yanez said that he also believed Castile to match the description of a robbery suspect from several days earlier.
Yanez asks for Castile’s license and insurance, and Castile hands Yanez a piece of paper.
“Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me,” Castile says as Yanez hands the paper back to Castile.
At the word “firearm,” Yanez’s hand moves towards his pistol, and he says, “Ok, don’t reach for it, though, don’t pull it out.”
Castile can be heard protesting, and he seems to say, “I don’t have to reach for it.”
Yanez repeats his instruction, “Don’t pull it out,” as he draws his sidearm. Yanez told investigators that he saw Castile “reaching down between his right leg, his right thigh area and the center console.”
“It appeared to me that he had no regard to what I was saying,” Yanez continued, according to recently released transcripts of the investigation into the shooting. “He didn’t care what I was saying. He still reached down. … And, at that point I, was scared and I was, in fear for my life and my partner’s life.”
In the video, Yanez draws his firearm after repeating his instruction the second time and fires seven shots into the car.
“Don’t pull it out! Don’t move!” Yanez repeats.
Yanez begins to become emotional immediately following the shooting. He yells “fuck!” several times, telling Castile’s girlfriend, “I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his [unclear] open!”
Castile’s girlfriend can be heard in the background taking her now-infamous Facebook live video of the incident.
Yanez keeps his handgun pointed at Castile until other officers arrive and begin to administer CPR on the street.
At the end of the video, Yanez can be heard talking to the other officers.
“He had his grip a lot wider than a wallet, and I don’t know where the gun was. He didn’t tell me where the fuckin’ gun was,” Yanez said. “He was just staring straight ahead and I was gettin’ fuckin’ nervous and then I told him…I know fuckin’ I told him to get his fuckin’ hand off his gun.”
Yanez’s acquittal has sparked protests and riots nationwide.