Shocking video of police shooting wasn't enough to convict

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Footage from Officer Jeronimo Yanez's dashboard camera shows the officer approaching a white sedan and informing the driver, Philando Castile, that one of his tail lights is out. He asks Castile for his license and insurance.

Seconds later, he would put seven bullets into the 32-year-old's body. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released the case file four days after a Ramsey County jury acquitted Yanez of second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of a risky discharge of a firearm.

The file was withheld from the public pending the outcome of Yanez's trial.

In the patrol auto, a clearly frustrated Reynolds tells officers her phone is about to die and she needs to reach her family so someone can pick up her and her daughter. I don't know what that jury heard and saw from the witnesses and attorneys. ".I am still baffled at how 12 people could come to the conclusion to acquit him in this manner". This was the first time in Minnesota history that an officer was charged in an on-duty fatal shooting, according to the New York Times, and the result seemingly set a chilling precedent that a black man must move his hands toward his legally-obtained firearm in a specific way that does not scare the police officer in order to avoid being shot.

"In this specific case, it's incredibly hard to watch the videos of the shooting and its aftermath and not believe that this incident could have somehow been avoided", Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus Chairman Bryan Strawser told Alpha News. I don't believe questioning this verdict or criticizing Officer Yanez is, as some would claim, an indictment or sweeping criticism of all police officers.

In an earlier incident on June 5, officers were sent to Lyle's residence after her former boyfriend arrived unannounced at her apartment. Yanez says, "OK. Don't reach for it then".

This is where the accounts differ. Speaking generally about her sister, she said that "she had her teeth knocked out, had numerous black eyes; she has permanent scars from being abused, and she begged and begged for help".

In a felony stop, multiple vehicles would be lined up side by side while officers give the vehicle occupants audible instructions over a loud speaker. Mr Castille and his girlfriend insist he is not reaching for a weapon, but again Mr Yanez yells "Don't pull it out!" "I don't want it to be like this anymore" the girl said.

After the shooting, the video shows Yanez standing at the vehicle window, breathing heavily and cursing repeatedly, with his gun drawn for some time. In the video, he can be heard breathing rapidly and shouting expletives after firing the shots.

During the week-long trial, Yanez said the smell of marijuana lead him to fear for his life. She is known for filming the aftermath of the shooting - dramatic footage that raised the national profile of the case in the aftermath. As seen in the below video, Diamond's 4-year-old daughter tries to calm her mother down and tells her to keep quiet and stop saying bad words so her mother won't get "shooted", in a 4-year-old's language, a girl still so young that she didn't know the past tense of "shoot" is "shot".

While Yanez was recently acquitted of manslaughter and other charges, the dash-cams release has Tom wondering if the jury made right decision.

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