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In July 2016, the shooting death of Philando Castile was live streamed by his fiancée.

According to reports, Castile, his fiancée Diamond Reynolds, and Reynolds’s young daughter were approached by Minnesota police officers during a routine traffic stop.

When police officer Jeronimo Yanez approached the vehicle, Castile told Yanez that he had a firearm in the car. Yanez can be heard telling Castile not to reach for the gun in the dashcam footage that was released earlier this week:

“Don’t reach for it then. Don’t pull it out,” Yanez told Castile. “I’m not pulling it out,” Castile replied.

Yanez then opened fire, fatally shooting Castile in front of his family.

On Monday, June 19, a jury acquitted Yanez on three counts, one of those being second-degree manslaughter.

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Following the not guilty verdict and the release of dashcam footage, surveillance video of Reynolds and her daughter, Dae’Anne, immediately after Castile was shot was also released.

According to the Daily Mail, the video, which was released to the public per a FOIA request, shows a handcuffed Reynolds and her daughter sitting in the back of Yanez’s squad car.

In the video, Reynolds can be seen screaming and wiggling while little Dea’Anne can be heard pleading with her mom to calm down. She said:

“Mom, please stop cussin’ and screamin’ ’cause I don’t want you to get shooted! I can keep you safe.”

Reynolds reassured her daughter and asked for a kiss, saying to herself, “I can’t believe they just did that.” When Reynolds attempted to take the cuffs off, a tearful Dea’Anne started pleading with her mom again:

“No, please don’t, I don’t want you to get shooted! I’m just scared. Don’t take them off (inaudible). I wish this town was safer…and we didn’t live in it. I don’t want it to be like this anymore.”

The Daily Mail reports that Dea’Anne became even more upset when she started thinking about never seeing Castile again:

“Now that’s he’s gone, he might be gone forever. If he is gone forever, I’m going to miss him very much.'”

Reynolds then started praying and hoping that Castile was still alive. It wasn’t until Reynolds was brought to the police station that she was told by investigators that Castile had passed.

Castile worked in the cafeteria of a local elementary school and had a permit to carry a weapon. He was 32 years old at the time of his death.

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