The in-squad camera video of Reynolds and her daughter waiting to be transported to the Roseville Police Department for questioning, was not shown at trial. That left plenty of room for reasonable doubt. She also explained that Castile carried the gun due to the high amount of violence in their area.
It's no secret that a civil society gives enormous leeway to our law-enforcement officers to make hard snap judgments on when to use lethal force.
Yanez' own statement is somewhat puzzling, conflating secondhand smoke exposure with a clear and present danger to an officer's life. For whatever reason, the jury could not or would not find that the evidence was enough to convict Yanez. Juror Bonita Schultz told KARE-TV that no one but Yanez really knows what happened. He also said Yanez could have acted differently. Yanez radioed an officer nearby. The video then shows help arriving at the scene. Reynolds says. "When they come and get me, tell them you wish that they didn't have to kill people".
In reality, the officer had been looking for an armed robbery suspect whose description he later said matched Castile's appearance.
In newly released video from the night of the incident, Reynolds' daughter repeatedly pleads with her to lower her voice and cooperate with police-afraid that she, too, might be shot.
Reynolds and her daughter were riding with Philando Castile on July 6 when Yanez pulled them over in Falcon Heights. The fatal traffic stop in St. Paul, Minnesota, was broadcast live on Facebook, with Diamond going live on the social media platform after Yanez shot Castile to death.
He testified that Castile had ignored his orders not to reach for his firearm and was in fact gripping the pistol when the officer shot out of fear for his life. Yanez slowly walks away, and another officer says: "You all right?"
"I can't believe they just did that", Reynolds is heard saying. It captures what was said between the two men. However, as Tom pointed out, Castile's gun was nowhere in sight. The next day, Yanez was interviewed by a state investigator.
"Does he know I could just take these bitches off?" she says, referring to the handcuffs, but her daughter again asks her to stay calm.
"OK don't reach for it, then", Mr Yanez says.
The girl kisses her mom and wraps her small arms around her mother's neck.
The dashboard camera video from the officer's patrol vehicle has been described by many but viewed by only by a few people - investigators, the jury and courtroom spectators.
Yanez was found not guilty by a jury in Ramsey county District Court Friday on charges of second-degree manslaughter and risky discharge of a firearm for his conduct during the July 6, 2016 shooting. Suddenly, the situation escalated when the officers saw Lyles clutching a knife. But his office issued a statement calling it "unconscionable and contrary to the pursuit of justice" to suggest that the case should have been charged as a lesser crime. "As hard as this is for some members of our community", he said, "we have to accept this verdict".