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In video, girl begs mother for quiet after Castile shooting

In video, girl begs mother for quiet after Castile shooting

In the moments after a Minnesota police officer fatally shot Philando Castile, his handcuffed girlfriend began screaming in the back of a patrol auto as her 4-year-old daughter begged her to stop.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's file of evidence also features interviews from Yanez and Reynolds, sharing their separate accounts of the shooting. On that day, Diamond's 4-year-old daughter was in the back seat, but Yanez said he made sure to aim for Philando's "center mass" when he shot Castile seven times, because Yanez knew the young girl was in the back seat.

Reynolds, who was handcuffed after the shooting, also appears to struggle as she sits in the patrol vehicle.

Hutchinson, who said he has a concealed-carry permit, also said the video left room for reasonable doubt, because it does not show where the gun was.

It later emerged in court that Officer Yanez was looking for an armed robbery suspect and believed Mr Castile was of a similar appearance. For many viewers, the graphic scene of gunfire striking a black driver during a seemingly simple traffic stop served only to make last week's verdict harder to understand.

When Yanez opened fire, another officer near the vehicle jumped back, and Yanez began yelling at the driver.

The jury heard two weeks of testimony and deliberated four-and-a-half days before finding Yanez not guilty. As more police and an ambulance arrived, Yanez could be heard breathing heavily and swearing and trying to explain his actions to fellow officers.

The video showed the Latino officer politely telling Castile that his brake light was out.

"I could keep you safe", the girl said.

With his voice initially composed, Yanez said: "OK".

Diamond Reynolds was sitting handcuffed with her daughter in the back of a Minnesota police vehicle after a traffic stop escalated into violence in June 2016.

On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile, a black man, was fatally shot in Falcon Heights, MN, after being stopped by police for a routine traffic stop.

At the trial, Yanez testified Castile didn't follow his directions to not reach for the gun, but instead put his hand on a pistol and pulled it out of his trousers pocket.

Strawser said that in the aftermath of Castile's death, the Gun Owners Caucus sent letters to Governor Mark Dayton, Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman, the Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standards and Training, and three major police trade associations in Minnesota.

In the footage released yesterday, Castile and Reynolds, who was sitting in the passenger seat, assured the officer he was reaching for his ID and not his firearm, when Yanez began yelling, "Don't pull it out!" They continue to talk to each other, and at one point Reynolds' daughter says to her "I can keep you safe", while crying. "Come here", her mother says. Judge William Leary III ruled that it was too late.

The heartbreaking video is causing people on social media to say they watched it with tears in their eyes.

It's not clear how having the full interview might have swayed any juror's decision.

- Off-camera conversation. Yanez can be heard talking with a female supervising officer in which he gives a brief explanation of the events.

The upsetting video was released less than a week after Yarez was acquitted on all counts in the case. The footage, which was released just days after Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter, drew the attention of CNN and MSNBC, but Fox News shows spent no time airing the video or covering its release. But his office issued a statement calling it "unconscionable and contrary to the pursuit of justice" to suggest that the case should have been charged as a lesser crime.


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