An attorney of Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile said on Saturday that he is "not concerned" about criminal charges.
“I’m not concerned about criminal proceedings here and I don’t think he is either,” attorney Thomas Kelly told PBS Saturday.
Kelly said in a separate interview with The Associated Press that Officer Jeronimo Yanez was reacting to “the presence of that gun and the display of that gun” when he shot Castile multiple times.
The incident occurred after Castile was pulled over by the police with his fiance and her daughter in the car.
The woman live streamed the immediate aftermath of the shooting, showing Castile bleeding in the front seat with the officer’s gun still drawn.
She said that Castile had told the officer he was licensed to carry a gun, and the officer shot as Castile was reaching for his wallet to present ID.
But Kelly said that Castile did not obey the instructions of the police.
“I can tell you that the driver disregarded the clear commands of Officer Yanez,” Kelly said, adding that “race had nothing to do with the shooting.”
The lawyer said Yanez is deeply saddened by the shooting but did not elaborate further on what led up to the incident and why the automobile was pulled over in the first place.
"There was more than just the equipment violation,” he said, refusing to share any more details due to an ongoing investigation.