Philando Castile shooting: officer said he felt in danger after smelling pot in car

Officer who failed to disclose that Castile said he wasnt reaching for his handgun told examiners that he posed a threat because he use narcotic in front of his daughter

The Minnesota police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile told country researchers that he believed his life was peril because he smelled marijuana in his automobile, according to transcripts released on Tuesday along with dash-camera footage.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez said in an interview in accordance with the fatal traffic stop that Castiles apparent willingness to use the medication in front of his young daughter and girlfriend led Yanez to believe that the 32 -year-old posed a serious threat.

I thought if hes, if he has the, the guts and the boldnes to smoke marijuana in front of the five-year-old girl and risk her lungs and hazard her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front-seat passenger doing the same thing then what, what care does he devote about me? he said.

The statement appeared in the transcript of Yanezs questioning by investigators in July last year, in which the policeman also failed to disclose that Castile had said out loud “that hes not” reaching for his handgun after being advised not to do so.

Dash-camera footage released along with the transcript clearly picks up Castile telling the officer I do have a firearm on me. He was licensed to carry the gun. The policeman orders Castile not to reach for it and not to pull it out to which Castile answers: Im not pulling it out.

The officer reachings his left arm into the vehicle, calling, while he draws his weapon with his right hand and, all in one motion, fires seven bullets into the vehicle, killing Castile. Castile can be heard screaming as the shoots ring out and says in agony I wasnt reaching as the officer begins to yell fuck again and again.

Prosecutors in the case argued that Castile was simply trying to reach for his billfold so he could hand over the drivers license Yanez had asked him to produce only seconds before the shooting.

This is also what Castiles fiance Diamond Reynolds relayed in the Facebook Live video she began streaming only moments after the shootings were fired, which went viral across the US.

Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges stemming from the shooting by a Minnesota jury on Friday.

He was fired by the St Anthony police department on Friday shortly after he was saw not guilty.

In the transcript, the policeman constructs numerous mentions of the odor of marijuana, explaining that it led him to immediately begin making assumptions about why Castile was carrying a weapon.

Being that the inside of the vehicle reeked like marijuana … I didnt know if he was keeping it on him for protection, for, from a, a drug dealer or anything like that or any other people trying to[ steal from] him.

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