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Authorities release dashcam video of Philando Castile shooting

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Authorities have released police dashcam video of a Minnesota cop firing several shots at motorist Philando Castile during a 2016 traffic stop - just days after the officer was acquitted by a jury.

According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, the footage was released by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Ramsey County Attorney's office. Castile then, presumably, reaches to get the license the officer had just asked him to get, and then informs the officer, calmly and very politely, that he had a firearm.

"I was certain that any thinking person who saw this video would recognize that Yanez was guilty of manslaughter and endangering the lives of the two other people in the auto, as well", she said.

The backup officer, Joseph Kauser, who later said he was surprised by the shooting, stands at ease near the passenger's window then suddenly hurries back toward the police vehicle after the shots are fired. The video shows the brief interaction between Castile and police officer Jeronimo Yanez after Castile was pulled over.

On Friday, Yanez, 29, was found not guilty of one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of risky discharge of a firearm after five days of jury deliberation.

Earlier we reported on the release of the dashcam video that shows Yanez pumping 7 bullets in Castile ...

Philando Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, said she was "mad as hell" with the verdict and called Yanez a "murderer".

Mr Castile, a 32-year-old primary school cafeteria worker, had a permit to carry the weapon.

Days of protests followed Officer Yanez's acquittal, with one attracting thousands and shutting down a major highway for hours. "I told him to get his hand out".

Additionally, Yanez was acquitted on two felony charges of endangering Reynolds, as well as her 4-year-old daughter, who was secured in the back of the vehicle in a child's carseat. After Yanez reached Castile's driver's side window, roughly 30 seconds passed before Yanez fired his weapon.

Tuesday, dash camera video shows the moments before, during and after the gunfire.

Castile: I'm, I, I was reaching for ...

It seems fairly clearly, then, that Castile is in some sense a Second Amendment martyr: He was killed by a police officer because he was exercising his rights.

"OK, don't reach for it then", Yanez responds.

Noah, who grew up in South Africa, said, "I've been stopped by police maybe I would say going on at least eight to 10 times, which always blows White people's minds, which I didn't know was a thing".

"The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer", it said.

The jury had seen both videos, and still, it wasn't enough to convict Yanez.



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