Squad car video won’t be released
ST. PAUL (AP) — A Minnesota judge on Monday denied a request to release squad car video of the July 6 shooting death of Philando Castile.
The Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in September demanding release of the video, arguing that the video is presumed to be public data and refusing to release it violated the state data practices act.
But Ramsey County District Court Judge William Leary disagreed, ruling Monday that the video is not public while there is an active investigation. He said the investigation is not over because St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez faces a manslaughter charge in Castile’s death.
Yanez shot Castile, who is black, during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. The shooting’s gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, who was in the car along with her young daughter. Prosecutors said the 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker was shot after he told Yanez he was armed and had a license to carry a weapon.
Prosecutors said Yanez, who is Latino, acted unreasonably and was not justified in using deadly force.
In his seven-page ruling, Leary also said it doesn’t appear the benefits of releasing the video would outweigh the potentially greater benefit of disclosing the information at trial.