Philando Castile shooting: officer said he felt in danger after smelling pot in car

Officer who failed to disclose that Castile said he wasnt reaching for his gun told investigators that he posed a threat because he used drug in front of his daughter

The Minnesota police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile told state investigators that he believed his life was danger because he smelled marijuana in his car, according to [steal from] along with dash-camera footage.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez said in an interview following the fatal traffic stop that Castiles apparent willingness to use the drug in front of his young daughter and girlfriend led Yanez to believe that the 32-year-old posed a serious threat.

I thought if hes, if he has the, the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the five-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? he said.

Viral Newspaper

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