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Cop Who Killed Philando Castile Cites Marijuana As A Factor

Cop Who Killed Philando Castile Cites Marijuana As A Factor

That left plenty of room for reasonable doubt. The shooting occurred seconds after Castile informed the officer he was carrying a gun.

NELSON: Yanez is a free man, although no longer employed as a police officer.

Members of the black community expressed their outrage at the jury's decision - and disgust at the video - on Twitter, while rights groups also spoke out. Yanez said he feared for his life when he fired his service weapon into the vehicle.

The video showed the Latino officer politely telling Castile that his brake light was out. Castile says calmly, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me".

Craig Hutchinson, a white employment recruiter from the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth, said in a tweet to The Associated Press that he was surprised at how quickly the situation intensified.

Footage released by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension under a public records request captured the heartbreaking exchange between Diamond Reynolds, handcuffed at the time, and her 4-year-old girl in the back of a St. Anthony Police vehicle. The shooting gained widespread attention because Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, livestreamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

Officer Yanez repeatedly orders Mr Castile not to reach for the weapon before firing seven times into the vehicle and shooting him dead.

Yanez testified that Castile ignored his commands not to pull out his gun and he feared for his life. The officers ended up shooting her five times, killing her, claiming that she had a knife. Reynolds responded. "I can't believe they just did that". He said the panel spent a lot of time dissecting the meaning of the "culpable negligence" standard until the two holdouts eventually agreed Friday on acquittal. Why would you tell a policeman you have a gun and then try to pull it out to shoot them?

"Okay", Yanez interrupted his voice remaining steady as he shifted his right hand onto the holster of his gun. She went on to say, "I am still baffled at how 12 people could come to the conclusion to acquit him in this manner".

Prosecutors were not able to punch clear holes in Yanez's testimony on cross-examination.

Many around the country are still trying to make sense of the Philando Castile shooting and well as the jury's failure to convict his shooter. The next day, Yanez was interviewed by a state investigator. Judge William Leary III ruled that it was too late. He asks Castile for his license and insurance.

Joseph Kauser, Yanez's partner, testified that he didn't smell burnt marijuana in the vehicle, the Pioneer Press reported.

"Hindsight is always 20-20 in everything we do in life, and it's really easy to second-guess that call, but we really don't know if it was anything of great import", said Marsh Halberg, another local defense attorney who was not involved in the case.

Authorities released the footage on Tuesday, just days after a Minnesota jury acquitted Mr Yanez on all charges in the shooting.


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