June 21, 2017 09:28 PM
Ramsey County released more video evidence from the Philando Castile shooting case on Wednesday, including an emotional exchange between a mother and her four-year old daughter.
"It's okay, I'm right here with you," the daughter of Diamond Reynolds tells her distraught mother minutes after former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot her boyfriend, Philando Castile.
"Mom, please stop cussing and screaming because I don't want you get get shooted," the child said.
The video then show Reynolds quiet down and say, "Okay, give me a kiss."
That video from the back seat of a police squad car was among several new pieces of evidence released by Ramsey County authorities. They county also released a 30-minute interview conducted with Reynolds by BCA agents hours after the shooting.
Reynolds told investigators that after being pulled over it was just a matter of seconds before Yanez opened fire.
"And the officer, already with his gun blazing, cocked and everything, 'don't move! Don't move! pop pop pop pop pop pop pop and took off," she said during the interview.
Reynolds did offer some discrepancies about what happened, including telling investigators that she and Castile both had their hands in the air after orders from Yanez.
"That's how it was started,"Reynolds told investigators. "He said, 'put your hands in the air.' Well, okay, his hands was in the air. All of our hands was in the air."
However, evidence presented at trial, including a police dash cam video with audio, shows he never gave them that order to put their hands in the air.
When the interview started, Reynolds didn't know whether her boyfriend was alive or dead. She found out near the end of the interview when she could hear the phones of both investigators ping with new text messages.
"So what are they saying," Reynolds asks. "Cuz you just got the text."
An investigator reluctantly responds, "Yea, I think I got...I don't think...Phil has died. I got some bad news and I'm sorry it happened."
After processing the news for a few seconds, Reynolds broke down in tears.
When the interview ended a few minutes later, the investigators offered to driver her to the hospital where Castile died so she could see him one more time.
Updated: June 21, 2017 09:28 PM
Created: June 21, 2017 06:20 PM
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