Police Officer Who Murdered Philando Castile Claims Smell of Marijuana Made Him Feel Endangered – News

Former Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted this week of manslaughter charges following the shooting death of Philando Castile, a black man killed by the former cop during a traffic stop as his girlfriend and daughter watched on. Now, thanks to a report released after the jury’s decision to absolve Yanez of any wrongdoing, it has become clear that the smell of marijuana was a large factor in Yanez’ decision to shoot Castile seven times without pause.

According to the Associated Press, officer Yanez, who has since been fired from his job as a police officer, said that he smelled an odor of “burnt” marijuana when he approached the car, and in the immediate aftermath of the traffic stop shooting, Yanez told investigators – “I thought if he’s, if he has the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the 5-year-old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing then what, what care does he give about me?”

In a video recorded from the dash camera of the police cruiser that was also released following the jury’s decision, the audio clearly shows that Castile tells…

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