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Gun, not race, sparked Philando Castile killing, officer's lawyer says

Alfredo Watts | 10 July, 2016, 18:44

Thousands of people demonstrated on Thursday outside the governor's residence, reacting to a live video Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds posted on the internet of the bloody scene after the shooting.

Yang did not tell Castile he pulled him over because his wide-set nose, instead telling him it was because he had a broken tail light.

"I don't think it [the shooting] should be tied to the protests at all", he said.

Facebook is denying allegations that it intentionally removed a video after a black man was shot and killed by a police officer in Minnesota, and is instead blaming its disappearance on a glitch.

At approximately 9:05 p.m. Wednesday, the two St. Anthony police officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Larpenteur Avenue West and Fry Street in Falcon Heights.

According to the agency, Yanez "approached the vehicle from the driver's side and Officer Kauser from the passenger side". "This had nothing to do with race. This had everything to do with the presence of a gun".

His comments came a day after Dayton declared that police likely wouldn't have fired if Castile's skin were a different color.

Dayton said Friday that he stood by that statement and had no new information about the case, even as the head of a law enforcement organization ripped his comments as reckless.

KARE also said in another story that it has sources that have confirmed that Castile did have a carry permit issued by Hennepin County, though permits in Minnesota are not matters of public record.

"They're not getting any kind of the benefit of the doubt", Smith said.

Mr Kelly added: "He's terribly saddened by the death". He and Kauser were classmates. Both have been placed on paid leave while an investigation is underway.

"He said he was upset about the recent police shootings", Dallas Police Chief David Brown said. Yanez opened fire, striking Castile multiple times.

Lozoya recalled him as an active, passionate and approachable member. In speeches and interviews, many who knew Castile recalled him as a gentle, kind man who was passionate about his job.

The Castile video "is pretty horrific", said Gavin Kearney, who in 2003 co-authored a report to the Minnesota Legislature on racial profiling in the state.

Reynolds' video showed Yanez outside the auto pointing a gun inward.

While filming, Reynolds was told by Yanez, who sounded agitated, to keep her hands in the air. He wouldn't have been shot four times, with a 4-year-old child in the auto. He had been given citations for minor offenses including speeding, driving without a muffler and not wearing a seat belt.

The precise reasons why certain motorists are pulled over more than others are hard to identify, said Lorie Fridell, an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, who trains police departments through a program called Fair and Impartial Policing.

"This week we watched Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two innocent black men, get senselessly murdered by police officers", she began. Castile was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop on Wednesday.