Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Defense begins presenting case for officer in Philando Castile killing

Defense begins presenting case for officer in Philando Castile killing

Prosecutors claim that Yanez did not see the gun and acted unreasonably; the defense argues that Yanez saw Castile's hand on the gun, which he had a permit to carry, the AP said.

After Yanez asked for his license and registration, Castile informed the officer that he had a gun. He said that was significant because it would have meant Castile had the gun all the way out of his pocket when he was shot.

A Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter in a black motorist's death is explaining how he came to pull the man's auto over.

Yanez took the witness stand on the fifth day of testimony in his manslaughter trial.

Paulsen further challenged Dutton's assertion that Castile did not comply when he in fact produced the insurance card Yanez had requested and was likely trying to get the driver's license in his wallet when Yanez suddenly shot him. Castile's family, including his mother, were also present.

Yanez said the encounter started when he pulled over Castile, whom he believed fit the description of an armed robbery suspect.

Yanez said he followed Castile for two miles before he pulled Castile over in a fully marked squad auto.

Yanez says he thought Castile looked like one of the robbery suspects.

Kauser stood at the passenger's side of the vehicle as Yanez spoke with Castile through the driver's side. The autopsy report found traces of marijuana in Castile's system.

"Officer Yanez did what he had to do, which was to meet deadly force with deadly force", he said.

It works almost 100 percent of the time-even with clear video evidence-so it's no surprise that the police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile said, "I thought I was going to die", to explain his actions on that fateful day. He's charged with manslaughter for shooting Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July that drew widespread attention because Castile's girlfriend streamed the aftermath on Facebook. He was hired by the defense to review all the investigative reports and video footage associated with the case before rendering his analysis on the reasonableness of Yanez's actions. Yanez told him not to reach for it. Seconds later, Yanez opened fire.

Two Roseville police officers, including the one who says he actually removed the gun, said they saw it hanging out of Castile's pocket when officers were preparing Castile's body to be loaded onto a gurney.

Police officer Jeronimo Yanez.

Paulsen pressed him on why he didn't mention in his written report that both Castile and his girlfriend told Yanez that he wasn't reaching for his gun. He added it would be reasonable to assume Castile's plan was to fire the weapon.

St. Anthony Police Chief Jon Mangseth was among the first to testify on the defense's behalf, calling Yanez "one of two or three" of the best community representatives for his department.

When prosecutors questioned him about the commands Yanez yelled at Castile, Kapelsohn said, "Officers are not ideal".

"The only way you see a barrel is if you see the tip of the gun, and you said it twice".

He recounted Yanez as saying: "Crap, I told them barrel".

"It is my opinion Officer Yanez used reasonable force", Kapelsohn said.

The shooting last July drew widespread attention in part because Castile's girlfriend - who was a passenger in the vehicle along with her then-4-year-old daughter - streamed the aftermath on Facebook.

Mangseth told Engh, the defense attorney, that a key police tenet is, "Be safe, and make sure you go home at the end of your shift, along with your partner". The 32-year-old cafeteria worker had a permit for the weapon.

The last witness to take the witness stand Friday was BCA agent Christopher Olson, who interviewed Reynolds after the shooting.

Paulsen also questioned Dutton's decision to leave comments made by Castile and Reynolds - specifically Castile's response of "I'm not pulling it out" in reply to Yanez's command - out of his analysis.

Peregrine Corporation is a firearms and use of force training consulting firm that Kapelsohn formed in 1980.

The use-of-force expert founded a company about 30 years ago that offers instruction and consulting services on a wide array of areas related to police practices, including use-of-force and firearms.

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