Shocking photos of Philando Castile’s blood-spattered car after police blasted him to death
Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter after killing the school worker in a shooting which spurred the Black Lives Matter movement
Shocking crime scene pictures have emerged from the controversial police shooting of black school worker Philando Castile in the US.
The 32-year-old was blasted six times by Officer Jeronimo Yanez in front of his fiancée Diamond Reynolds and her four-year-old daughter.
Mr Castile had warned Yanez he was a licensed gun owner and was carrying a weapon.
But as he was reaching for his driving licence the officer opened fire.
The killing in Minnesota in 2016 sparked an angry backlash and helped spur the Black Lives Matter movement.
Yanez was charged with manslaughter but acquitted of all charges last week by a jury made up of 10 white jurors.
New images released by police from the crime scene show the blood-spattered interior of Mr Castile’s car.
A bullet extracted from the back seat where Ms Reynold’s daughter was sat was also recovered.
The gun which Mr Castile was licensed to carry was left lying on the ground.
Earlier this week, harrowing footage emerged as a result of an Freedom Of Information request made by Tony Webster.
It shows Ms Reynolds in the back of a police car having been arrested and handcuffed.
Her four-year-old daughter is with her and is in tears.
Ms Reynolds, who initially live-streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook, can be heard screaming an expletive in frustration.
Heartbreakingly, her daughter then says: “Please don’t scream because I don’t want you to get shooted… I can keep you safe”
Ms Reynolds replies: “They not going to shoot me ok… I’m already in handcuffs.”
Officer Yanez claimed in court that he spotted Mr Castile, 32, driving and believed the shape of his nose reminded him of a suspect wanted for armed robbery.
When stopped, Mr Castile told him he was a licensed gun owner and had a concealed weapon.
As he reached for his driving licence, Yanez opened fire six times.
The officer was charged with manslaughter but acquitted by a majority white jury last week in St Paul, Minnesota.
Civil rights campaigners have branded the verdict an injustice and yet more proof of racial bias in America’s police forces. More