New information has surfaced in the form of what appears to be police scanner audio, recorded moments before, police officers stopped Philando Castile on Wednesday (July 6).
The audio, which is still to be confirmed as authentic, proves that racial profiling was a key factor in why Castile was pulled over.
“The two occupants just look like people who have been involved in a robbery,” a man can be heard saying on tape. “The driver looked more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide-set nose.”
As reported, while the audio is still to be verified, the license plate mentioned matches that of the car that Castile was driving, with the locations mentioned also matching up.
Shortly after being pulled over, Officer Jeronimo Yanez opened fire on Castile at point-blank range, as he was reaching for his wallet. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds and his young daughter were in the car with him during the altercation.
According to NBC news reporter, Tom Winter, Castile had been stopped by police 31 times for traffic violations since 2002.
Listen to the audio in the clip below, and see a transcription here.
(Photo: Philando Castile via Facebook)