Release of Castile video evokes anger in some quarters

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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.

Minnesota Public Radio has posted the video of the stop that turned into tragedy in just eight seconds.

School canteen worker Philando Castile was killed when Jeronimo Yanez opened fire during a traffic stop in Minnesota on 6 July a year ago.

When backup arrives, the video shows them removing Castile from the auto and attempting CPR on him, while Yanez calms down off camera, still breathing shakily and cursing.

- Yanez's reaction. Castile can be seen handing Yanez what prosecutors say was his insurance card - then telling Yanez he also has a gun. "OK, don't reach for it, then", Yanez says.

Yanez, who had claimed that Castile's "wide-set nose" matched a description of an armed robbery suspect, said that the smell combined with the sight of the firearm caused him to fear for his life.

"I told him not to reach for it", he says.

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Officer Yanez again yells, "Don't pull it out!". In the vehicle with Castile was his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and Reynolds' 4-year-old daughter. However, Kauser said in court that he believed Yanez "followed protocol", Pioneer Press reported.

Most revealing, perhaps, about the newly released video are the voices that can be clearly heard on it - a calm, polite discussion at first, and then, in seconds, a sudden burst of tension and shots.

Following is an excerpt of the BCA interview in which Yanez talks about whether he saw a gun. The officer, who is Mexican American, asks for proof of insurance and a driver's license. There is shouting, and Yanez screams "Don't pull it out!" before he fires seven shots into the auto. It captured what was said between the two men. Her daughter, who was sitting in the backseat, gets out of the auto and walks towards the other officer on the scene. It also shows how he lied to police by saying that Castile said nothing after being shot when video clearly shows him wailing 'I wasn't reaching!' Yanez slowly walks away, and another officer says: "You all right?"

Officer Yanez's acquittal prompted days of protests, including one in St Paul last Friday that attracted thousands and shut down Interstate 94 for hours.

Seven seconds after Philando Castile informed a Minnesota police officer he had a firearm, the officer shot him seven times. At this, Yanez is seen laying his right hand on the gun in his holster.

A fellow officer spoke repeatedly to Yanez to get him away from the vehicle: "I'm going to take your spot". Eighteen people were arrested.

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