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Police recording doesn't cover shooting itself.
The officer decided the car looked suspicious. He radioed to a nearby squad that he was going to pull it over and check IDs of the driver and passenger.
“The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery,” he said casually, according to police audio obtained by the Star Tribune. “The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just because of the wide-set nose. I couldn’t get a good look at the passenger.”
Albert Goins, an attorney who assisted the Castile family in the hours following the shooting, said that if Castile were indeed a robbery suspect, officers would have initiated a felony traffic stop, which “does not usually involve officers walking up to your car and asking you to produce your driver’s license.”
“A felony stop involves bringing the suspect out at gunpoint while officers are in a position of cover and having them lie on the ground until they can identify who that individual is,” he said.
originally posted by: wisvol
a reply to: Boadicea
Thank you once more for context.
Shouldn't "stop" be more like "murder"? at least "kill"
originally posted by: Greven
Again, I wonder if they lied to Castile and Reynolds about the reason for the stop.
They were clearly still in the car in the video filmed after the shooting.
If they did lie, then the understanding between the two parties was completely different.
Telling the officer he had a gun during a routine traffic stop is a bit different than telling an officer he has a gun during a felony stop.
originally posted by: MOMof3
Pulling over robbery suspects alone, and suspects with a kid in the back seat? Do they train officers to be stupid or is that their excuse. This makes me really angry. It could have been anyone of us.
originally posted by: odzeandennz
its safe to assume those 103 seconds of missing audio will never see the light of day.
what a country!
Do they train officers to be stupid or is that their excuse.
if this was an open shut case, we wouldnt be where we are today.
remember, no one is still guilty of any crime at this juncture. neither cop or suspect.
and both deserve justice.
originally posted by: baddmove
I thought the female was driving.
She is on the driver's side while he bleeds out on the passenger side..
The gun was sitting on his lap now?
originally posted by: ChesterJohn
a reply to: odzeandennz
I don't think the cop shot him because he judged him guilty. I think they were on high alert after an armed robbery and when he had a gun in his lap it pretty much would put anyone on edged. then he moves to get ID and paper works touches the gun. I mean the cop is not a mind reader. He can only go by body language at that point.
But if you were the cop and you approached a suspect and he had a gun in his lap and moves in a way to take hold of it what would you think?
Do we know if there were dash cams...
...and if the cop was recording audio?
I'm very much on the fence with this one.