Philando Castile very clearly said he had a firearm.
Officials in Ramsey County, Minnesota, released video on Tuesday that shows the interaction Castile had with St. Anthony Police officer Jeronimo Yanez before Castile was shot to death during a traffic stop last July.
In the video, Yanez tells Castile that he’s being pulled over because he has a brake light out. (Audio later used as evidence in the case against Yanez ― and also released Tuesday ― shows that he actually thought Castile and his girlfriend “just look like people that were involved in a robbery.”)
“Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me,” Castile says in the graphic video, which is embedded below.
“OK, don’t reach for it then,” Yanez says. “Don’t pull it out.”
Castile appears to say that he’s not pulling out the gun, and then Yanez shoots him.
Yanez was found not guilty on Friday on a charge of second-degree manslaughter, as well as on two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm.
WARNING: The video below is uncensored and may be disturbing to some viewers.
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