The Minnesota police officer who pulled over Philando Castile politely told the driver that his brake lights were out and calmly instructed him not to pull out his handgun before suddenly drawing his own weapon and firing seven rounds into the auto, a video released Tuesday showed.
Diamond Reynolds, holding her daughter, speaks to a crowd outside the Governor's Mansion on July 7, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mr Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, testified that she, too, feared for her life. Marijuana became a central issue in the case due to the ineptitude and ignorance of the young officer. A Wisconsin jury on Wednesday cleared a former police officer of first-degree reckless homicide charges in the on-duty shooting of a black man past year that ignited riots in Milwaukee.
On Sunday, Seattle police officers responded to a burglary report at the house of Charleena Lyles, a pregnant mother of four children with a history of mental illness.
The presence of marijuana in the vehicle was casually mentioned in reports leading up to the case, but no serious information relating to the cannabis was made until the case was presented in court.
An audio recording indicates that the two officers yelled for her to "get back, get back, get back!" after which Lyles told them to "get ready".
"Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me", Castile said. "I don't want it to be like this anymore", the girl says. "And I let off the rounds".
CASTILE: I'm not pulling it out.
In an earlier incident on June 5, officers were sent to Lyle's residence after her former boyfriend arrived unannounced at her apartment. Yanez can be seen approaching Castile and asking for a driver's license and proof of insurance. Even though he just disclosed the presence of a firearm, this policeman thought Castille was going for a gun.
Juror Bonita Schultz told Minneapolis television station KARE and the Star Tribune that their big question came down to the part nobody could see on the video - whether Castile went for his gun.
Second, Ybanez explains an fantastic thought process he had in the course of a few seconds.
Rear-seat camera video released by authorities shows Diamond Reynolds with her daughter in the back of the police squad vehicle.
"I can keep you safe". What does he think? What about someone that was white, or a woman?
Third, that little girl was in the back seat of the auto! In a field interview, officers attempt to identify the driver and figure out where they may have been prior to the stop.
This story has been corrected to show that the officer began screaming after the shots were fired, not before.
This was not a marijuana issue. This was a complete miscarriage of justice, nothing less.
The Seattle Police Department has said that both officers were equipped with "less-lethal force options", but did not indicate whether such options were used before Lyles was sacked upon. Ignorant, scared, untrained, and psychologically unstable.
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