Philando Castile was shot to death by a police officer last July barely more than a minute after his car was pulled over in a St. Paul, Minnesota, suburb for a faulty taillight. On Friday, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter. Yanez testified he saw a gun and feared for his life.
A criminal complaint gives a timeline of the July 6 traffic stop, as compiled by investigators from squad car audio and video recordings:
9:05 p.m. — Castile’s vehicle comes to a stop.
9:05:15-9:05:22 — Yanez approaches vehicle on driver’s side.
9:05:22-9:05:38: — Yanez leans at driver’s side window, greets Castile, tells him of brake light problem.
9:05:33 — Officer Joseph Kauser approaches vehicle on passenger side, stands near rear door.
9:05:38 — Yanez asks for driver’s license and proof of insurance.
9:05:48 — Castile provides proof of insurance.
9:05:49-9:05:52 — Yanez glances at card, tucks it into outer pocket.
9:05:52-9:05:55 — Castile tells Yanez: “Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me.” Castile interrupts to say “OK” and places right hand on holstered gun.
9:05:55-9:06:02 — Yanez says, “OK, don’t reach for it, then.” Castile says, “I’m … I’m … (inaudible) reaching … Yanez interrupts to say, “Don’t pull it out.” Castile says: “I’m not pulling it out.” His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, says, “He’s not pulling it out.” Yanez shouts: “Don’t pull it out!” Yanez draws his gun with right hand while reaching inside driver’s window with left. Yanez removes left arm from car, fires seven shots, the last at 9:06:02.
9:06:03 — Reynolds yells: “You just killed my boyfriend!”
9:06:04 — Castile moaned and said what prosecutors called his last words: “I wasn’t reaching for it.”
9:06:42 — Reynolds begins livestreaming on Facebook.
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