Jeronimo Yanez, the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile, is currently on trial for second-degree manslaughter. While testifying about the events of that night, Castile’s former girlfriend Diamond Reynolds shared new details of the night her significant other died and her Facebook Live video of the encounter became an international point of interest.
“I felt broken, hurt, confused, lost,” Reynolds says as the video she shot and the dash camera footage from the police vehicle plays for the jury. She says that she began recording the incident after Castile was shot because she was afraid for her own life and the life of her then four-year-old daughter, who was sitting in the back seat. If someone else was going to die, she wanted evidence.
The jury for this case has the task of determining whether Castile was reaching for his pistol at the time he was shot or if he was reaching for his wallet, as Reynolds claims. Castile did have a permit to carry a weapon, and disclosed to Officer Yanez that he had a gun in the car after being pulled over.