MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the release of police dashboard video in last year’s shooting death of motorist Philando Castile (all times local):
A Minnesota police officer told investigators after he shot a black motorist that the smell of marijuana from the man’s car was part of why he considered the man a threat.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July. Castile’s girlfriend and her daughter were in the car. Yanez told investigators the next day that he believed he saw Castile pulling out a gun.
According to a transcript released Tuesday, Yanez said he thought that if Castile had “the guts and audacity” to smoke marijuana in front of the child and “risk her lungs and risk her life” with secondhand smoke, then Castile didn’t care about him either.
The defense claimed during Yanez’s manslaughter trial that Castile disregarded commands because he was stoned. Prosecutors contend Castile wasn’t going for his gun and Yanez never saw it.
The release of dashcam video in the slaying of a black motorist in Minnesota is making some people even angrier about his death.
Investigators released the video Tuesday, just days after a jury cleared Officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter and other charges in the death of Philando Castile. Yanez shot Castile five times during a traffic stop last July in a St. Paul suburb, seconds after Castile informed him he was carrying a gun.
Steven Belton is president and CEO of Minneapolis Urban League. He says the video is “powerfully painful.” He says Castile was “gunned down like a rabid animal.”
Bekuh Sibet is a 29-year-old waitress. She says it was obvious to her from the video that Castile was complying.
The video doesn’t show what happened in the car. Yanez testified that Castile ignored his commands not to pull out the gun.
A law professor says the police dashcam video of the shooting death of motorist Philando Castile doesn’t resolve the key issue of whether a Minnesota…