By Bill Hudson

ST. PAUL, Minn (WCCO) — The girlfriend of a man killed by a St. Anthony police officer took the stand Tuesday, reliving a night she’ll never forget.

Diamond Reynolds live-streamed the moments after Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot her boyfriend, Philando Castile, last July during a traffic stop.

Attorneys for Yanez say he fired his gun in self-defense. He faces manslaughter charges for the shooting.

Reynolds was on the stand much of Tuesday morning to recount the events leading up to the shooting. Often, she wiped away tears.

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Diamond Reynolds tearing up during questioning, where they replayed the video of her boyfriend being shot (credit: Cedric Hohnstadt)

Reynold told jurors Castile was trying to unbuckle his seatbelt to get his wallet just before he was shot, just after he’d told Yanez he had a gun.

The defense was heavily focused on the marijuana use of both Reynolds and Castile.

Reynolds said she has smoked marijuana daily for the past 3 to 4 years. She said she didn’t know about the marijuana in the car before the traffic stop.

The defense also focused on inconsistencies between Reynold’s statement to police and public statements after the shooting.

She said she live-streamed the shooting aftermath because quote “people are not protected by police” and “someone would know the truth.”

She recalled Castile’s final words being, “I can’t breathe.”

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Jeronimo Yanez on day 2 of his trial in the death of Philando Castile. (credit: Cedric Hohnstadt)

Also on the stand was Joe Kauser, the partner who was backing up Yanez.

He said Castile sounded relaxed from what he could hear and didn’t feel threatened standing at the right side.

“I think he followed protocol,” he said. “I trust him as a partner and he did what he had to do in that situation.”

The jury also heard from a couple first responders, including the cop who found Castile’s pistol in his right front pants pocket.

Testimony resumes Wednesday morning.

Comments (3)
  1. Drugged up babymomma plays the worlds smallest violin for the court..

  2. Grid Scar says:

    Hate to interject an inconvenient truth, but here it is. I am referring to the fact that the police have no duty whatsoever to protect you against criminals. That’s not in the job description of ‘police officer.’ The courts have recognized this fact for over a century.

    In 1856, the U.S. Supreme Court (South v. Maryland) found that law enforcement officers had no duty to protect any individual. Their duty is to enforce the law in general. More recently, in 1982 (Bowers v. DeVito), the Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit held, “…there is no Constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen. It is monstrous if the state fails to protect its residents… but it does not violate… the Constitution.” Later court decisions concurred: the police have no duty to protect you.

  3. Women are chattel under Sharia law. I honestly never thought it would become an issue in the United States. We’ve been asleep at the wheel. I don’t promote or condone hate but I will no longer stand by, politely be quiet or turn a blind eye.

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