MINNESOTA — The ACLU has filed a lawsuit demanding the release of video footage from the dashboard camera installed in the police car driven by the officer who shot and killed Philando Castile. The 32-year-old black man was riding in the passenger seat of his girlfriend’s car during a traffic stop earlier this year. The aftermath of the shooting was played out on Facebook LIVE by his girlfriend, Lavish Diamond Williams.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Ramsey County District Court. It comes during an ongoing investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension into the shooting which took place during the day on July 6. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the state Department of Public Safety and the city of St. Anthony are all named as defendants in the suit.
The police officer who killed Castile, Jeronimo Yanez, was placed on administrative leave.
According to the Star Tribune, the suit alleges that the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (“BCA”) is violating the state’s Data Practices Act by refusing to release the footage, which attorneys for the ACLU argued “may shed significant light on the 103 seconds between the time officers Yanez and [Joseph] Kauser exited their squad cars and the shooting death of Philando Castile.”
The BCA has said the footage is investigative data that cannot be released until its probe has concluded.
As a reminder to our readers, we’ve included a video of Dennis Michael Lynch that places a brighter light than the mainstream shined on the two drug users. According to videos Lynch dug up on from Williams Facebook page, which is now deleted, Williams and Castile allegedly smoked weed in the car at times, and Williams appears to have had no problem using drugs and profanity in front of her young daughter. Take a look:
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