Officer Yanez appears to have believed that a person who smokes marijuana in front of their child is the type of person who is capable of shooting a police officer.
This inference is based on recently released documents connected to the Philando Castille case.
“I don’t remember how many rounds I let off. Urn I remember seeing the, last two rounds go off and I remember seeing one of those rounds hit him in the arm. Uh, his glasses flew off. I’m not sure if it was from gunfire or from him, uh whipping his head back or anything like that. Uh but uh as that was happening as he was puiling at, out his hand I thought, I was gonna die and I thought if he’s, if he has the, the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the five year old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing then what, what care does he give about me. And, I !et off the rounds and then after the rounds were off, the little girls was screaming, I held the suspect at gunpoint. His arms came up into view. And they were up by his chest I can’t remember what I said. But I acknowledged this little girl first. Cuz I wanted her to be safe and I told Officer Kauser or I told her one of the two to go run out of the car and run to Officer Kauser or Officer Kauser to get her. And then I turned my attention to the front seat passenger. I didn’t, point my firearm at her. I still had It on the suspect. Cuz he was still moving. And he…”
Officer Yanez shot and killed Mr. Castile in what should have been a routine traffic stop. He was later charged with Mr. Castile’s death, though a jury found him not guilty of his homicide.