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Dashcam video from the Philando Castile shooting

The video released Tuesday is graphic. It was shown to the jury during the Jeronimo Yanez trial.

The video from former officer Jeronimo Yanez's squad car on the night he fatally shot Philando Castile has been released.

The video (watch it below) was a key part of the prosecution's case, and was played several times during last week's trial. The prosecution argued Yanez shouldn't have shot Castile because Castile wasn't reaching for his gun, meanwhile the defense insisted Yanez saw Castile's gun, and he was reaching for it.

Here's the video. (Warning: It will be hard for many people to watch):

A few key times in the video:

– Yanez first reaches the driver's side window at 1:04.
– The conversation is calm until 1:34 when Castile can be heard saying, "Sir I do have to tell you I do have a firearm on me."
Yanez tells him not to reach for it, and Castile says he's not, Yanez repeats it as his hand is on his holster.
– At 1:42 Yanez pulls the gun from his belt, puts it into the car's window, and fires seven times in rapid succession. He then stands directly outside the window, his gun held out.
– At 3:49 Diamond Reynolds steps out of the car with her hands up.
– At about 6:35, other officers who arrive on scene begin CPR on Castile after pulling him out of the vehicle.
– During much of the last few minutes, Yanez can be heard offscreen cursing, and speaking with others about what happened.

You can read a transcript of the audio from the video here.

The jury ended up acquitting Yanez of second-degree manslaughter and the other charges against him, with juror Bonita Schultz telling the Star Tribune the prosecution couldn't prove that Yanez didn't see a gun.

“That’s what we don’t know; that’s where our reasonable doubt was,” Schultz told the paper. “Nobody knows except Yanez and Castile for sure. That’s the problem.”

Lawmakers in the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus (POCI) in the Minnesota House issued a statement regarding the footage.

"Fear of a black man in lawful possession of a gun is not reasonable," they said. "It is our position that urgent reform of our

policing and criminal justice systems is needed."

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