A new detail in the case of the Philando Castile shooting and Facebook live stream video that went viral is completely destroying the media’s narrative. Will #BlackLivesMatter care about this? Or will they vehemently deny it?
A suburban Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black motorist was reacting to the man’s gun, not his race, the officer’s attorney said Saturday
Minneapolis attorney Thomas Kelly told Fox News that St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez that Philando Castile failed to comply with a “do not move” order, which lead to Yanez opening fire.
In addition, police scanner audio appears to indicate Yanez telling Dispatch he was pulling the car over because Castile fit the description of a wanted suspect in a armed robbery that took place a few days prior. The officer briefly describes Castille before exiting his cruiser.
Kelly told Fox News that if Yanez pulled Castille over that day because he believed him to fit the description of a wanted armed robbery suspect, the officer was doing “good police work and approved police work.” He called this a “standard investigatory stop.”
Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds was in the car and streamed the immediate aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook. She has said Yanez shot Castile several times after he told the officer he had a gun and a permit for it and then reached for his wallet.
Yanez “was reacting to the actions of the driver,” Kelly said. “This had nothing to do with race. This had everything to do with the presence of a gun.”