It’s been just over a year since Philando Castile was fataly shot by St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a routine traffic stop in St. Paul. Since that time, Officer Yanez was charged with manslaughter and reckless discharge of a fire arm, and on June 16th he was acquitted of all charges.
Many of you likely recall the livestream video that Castiles girlfriend had posted on Facebook immediately following the shooting. This video quickly went viral and sparked outrage among minority communities across America. While the video only told one side of the story, it certainly enraged a good number of people who felt, and still feel, that police brutality in America, directed towards African Americans in particular, must stop.
Now that Officer Yanez has been acquitted and the trial has run its course, the police dash cam footage of the shooting has finally been released to the public. While it doesn’t show exactly what was happening within the car, it does provide a solid foundation as to how intense the moments leading up to the shooting and immediately after the shooting were. While we will never know exactly what Officer Yanez was thinking or saw during these fateful few seconds, you may now judge for yourself as to whether he may have overreacted or not. The entire 10+ minute video can be seen below. Please note that some of the language and events seen within the video may be disturbing to younger audiences: