Alleged Dispatch Audio From Philando Castile Shooting Unveils Startling Revelations
Audio allegedly involving the officer who shot 32-year-old Philando Castile four times has been published by the local Minnesota news. In the police dispatch audio, the idea is being put forth that the police officer who shot Philando Castile thought he looked like an armed robbery suspect because of “the wide set nose.” “I’m going to stop a car,” the unnamed male says to police dispatch. “I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over.”
“The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery,” the man in the audio adds. “The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ’cause of the wide set nose.” Philando Castile’s uncle, Clarence Castile, told the local news that the audio shows that the stop was “racial profiling.” “I just thought it was kind of insane to pull somebody over saying they matched a robbery suspect by having flared nostrils. It is kind of hard to see flared nostrils from a car.”
Attempts to verify the audio by publications such as MSNBC and Heavy received no response. Jill Oliveira, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, told Heavy about the authenticity of the audio, “I don’t have information to provide to you about it. The BCA did not release it.” The data, she wrote, from an ongoing investigation “does not become public under Minnesota law until the investigation concludes.” According to Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, the couple was originally stopped by Officer Jeronimo Yanez due to a broken taillight. Reynolds then live-streamed the confrontation after Castile had been shot four times by the officer.
Millions of viewers have watched the video since its debut last Wednesday. Philando Castile, a beloved member of the Minnesota community, bled out and eventually died a short time after the video was streamed. His passing came no less than 24 hours after that of Alton Sterling’s grizzly killing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Protest and outrage have ignited the country, as the events are being pegged to the Dallas police shooter, Micah X. Johnson. According to KARE 11, a gas station robbery occurred in the area on July 2. The suspects were described as two men with dreadlocks, which has prompted attorneys defending Officer Yanez to say that race was not a factor in the shooting.
“The officer was reacting to the presence of that gun and the display of that gun,” Thomas Kelly, an attorney for Officer Yanez told the Associated Press. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has verified that Philando Castile had a permit to carry a guy, so while we are waiting for confirmation of the dispatch audio. The address given by the man purported to be the officer (“Larpenteur and Fry”) is the same address for the shooting given by police in a statement.