Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

'Mom, I Don't Want You To Get Shooted'

'Mom, I Don't Want You To Get Shooted'

"I can keep you safe", the girl says.

The video was among thousands of files released Wednesday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Video that shows a Minnesota police officer firing seven rapid shots at Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July is now public, days after the officer was acquitted in the case. The jurors were asked to rule against the officer and find him guilty of manslaughter for killing Castile, or Mr. Phil as he was known to the students at the elementary school where he worked, while in the auto with his fiancee and her daughter.

Monika Williams, Lyles' sister, said in an interview, "I don't know if my sister had a knife or not, and even if she did, she was so tiny". He was found not guilty on a second-degree manslaughter charge and two counts of intentional discharge of a risky weapon - given Reynolds and her daughter were both in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. Both were inside Castile's vehicle when Yanez fired seven bullets inside it shortly after pulling Castile over for a broken taillight.

What led Yanez to believe Castile was the robber that the police were looking for? After Castile handed over his insurance card, he calmly said, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me".

Castile, 32, was shot following a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights after informing Yanez he had a gun.

Reynolds was a passenger in the vehicle at the time, while her 4-year-old daughter rode in a auto seat in the back seat. A lot of them are apologetic in their honesty, but here and there are those who are defiant and have clearly taken offense at the mere thought of a defendant exerting his or her Sixth Amendment right to a trial.

The video was captured by a camera in the squad auto of Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was found not guilty of manslaughter and other charges in the fatal shooting of Castile, a black motorist who was shot just seconds after he told Yanez he had a gun.

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"It's OK", and later, "They not gonna shoot me, OK... I'm already in handcuffs". The girl says, "It's OK, mommy".

Then she vows: "I can keep you safe".

"I was scared", Yanez said, "I had no other option that, to take out my firearm and I shot". Reynolds was handcuffed in the back of the police auto, and she spoke aloud about wanting to take the handcuffs off, but her daughter encouraged her not to do so, in order for Diamond not to get shot also. "Tell them you wish they didn't have to kill people". Another audio clip includes Reynolds' reaction after hearing of Castile's death.

Castile had a permit to carry the weapon. "That really messes me up to hear her die". She cries, making her daughter cry.

"No! Please no! I don't want you to get shooted!" she said.

Jurors weren't allowed to review this transcript during Yanez's trial, but it was referenced several times.

Regardless, Yanez's defense sought to make Castile's marijuana use a central issue in Yanez's manslaughter trial.

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