In what appears to be police scanner audio, obtained by local NBC affiliate KARE, an officer can be heard racially profiling Philando Castile and his fiancé moments before they were pulled over by St. Anthony police in Minnesota.
The routine traffic stop, which was originally said to have been prompted by a busted tail light, ended with Castile’s death after police officer Jeronimo Yanez opened fire, shooting four bullets into the young man.
“I’m going to stop a car,” the officer says on the recording. “I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over.”
“The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery,” the officer says. “The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose,” the officer continues.
Police officials have not responded to KARE concerning the authenticity of the recordings. The news outlet has been able to verify that the license plate mentioned on the audio matches the car Castile was driving.
The location given in the audio also matches the location of the traffic stop, KARE notes. Just moments after the dispatch call, the officer can be heard on the recording reporting shots fired.
Officer: “Shots fired Larpenteur and Fry.”
Dispatch: “Copy you just heard it? … You just heard the shots fired?”
Officer: (screaming) “Code 3! Shots fired.”
Dispatch: “Copy shots fired Larpenteur and Fry. Do you need medics?”
Officer: “Code 3!”
Dispatch: “Copy. Medics — code 3 to Larpenteur and Fry.”
Officer: “One adult female taken into custody. Driver at gunpoint.”
Clarence Castile, the victim’s uncle, says the audio is another example of racial profiling.
“I just thought it was kind of insane to pull somebody over saying they matched a robbery suspect by having flared nostrils,” Clarence Castile said. “It is kind of hard to see flared nostrils from a car.”
The identity of the officer on the audio has not been confirmed.