Dashcam footage seen by investigators and members of the courtroom during the trial of former police officer Jeronimo Yanez was made public Tuesday, shedding new light on the shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile. Yanez was previously accused of second-degree manslaughter after he repeatedly shot Castile at a traffic stop in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, but was acquitted of all charges on Friday. Defense attorneys argued that Yanez feared for his life after Castile informed him he had a gun in the car for which he had obtained a legal permit.
Many details of the shooting were already public thanks to a live-stream video from Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, which was widely shared online. But the dashcam footage from Yanez’s patrol car offers new insight into what happened in the moments leading up to the shooting. (Note: The video below contains graphic content.)
In the video, Yanez approaches Castile’s vehicle and informs him that one of his brake lights is out. (Yanez’s lawyer argued in court that Castile had been pulled over because he matched the description of a robbery suspect, in addition to the fact that his car smelled of marijuana.) Yanez then asks for Castile’s driver’s license and proof of insurance. At this point, Castile informs him that he has a firearm in his possession, to which Yanez shouts: “Don’t pull it out!” Seconds later, Yanez fires seven shots into the car.