Philando Castile, was shot dead by a police officer in July last year, barely more than a minute after his car was pulled over in St. Paul, Minnesota, suburb for a clear broken tail light. Lawyers for St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who goes on trial this week for murder, have maintained he was responding to the presence of a gun and feared for his life.
A criminal complaint gives a timeline of the July 6 traffic stop, drawn up by researchers of a squad car audio and video-recordings:
9:05 pm — Castile vehicle comes to a halt.
9:05:15-9:05:22 — Yanez approaches the vehicle on the side of the driver.
9:05:22-9:05:38: — Yanez relies on the driver’s side window, greeted Castile, tells him of a brake light problem.
9:05:33 — Officer Joseph Kauser approaches the vehicle on the passenger side, near rear door.
9:05:38 — Yanez asks for driver’s license and proof of insurance.
9:05:48 — Castile offers a proof of insurance.
9:05:49-9:05:52 — Yanez a look at the map, tucks it in the outer pocket.
9:05:52-9:05:55 — Castile tells Yanez: “Sir, I must tell you that I have a firearm on me.” Castile interrupts to say “OK” and places the right hand on the holstered gun.
9:05:55-9:06:02 — Yanez says, “OK, don’t reach for you, then.” Castile says, “I’m … I’m … (inaudible) … Yanez interrupts to say, “Don’t pull it out.” Castille says: “I’m not pulling it out.” His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, says, “He is not to pull.” Yanez calls: “don’t pull it out!” Yanez pulls out his gun with the right hand, while reaching inside driver’s window with links. Yanez removes the left arm from the car, fire seven shots, the last at 9:06:02.
9:06:03 — Reynolds screams: “You killed my boyfriend!”
9:06:42 — Reynolds begins live streaming on Facebook.