- The family of Philando Castile left the courthouse with angry tears, and a grief as fresh as a year ago, when Officer Jeronimo Yanez killed Castile in a hail of seven bullets. The shooting of Philando Castile was captured on Facebook Live by his girlfriend as her young daughter looked on, lending an extra layer to the same old story of police using excessive force on an African-American. The widely shared video draws protesters to the scene.
Protesters outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday.
Earl Gray, who was representing officer Yanez, said "justice was done". "T$3 his system gave us a jury that was 83% white and 58% male, and included people who said they could never convict a cop".
In his testimony, Yanez said he stopped Castile because he thought he resembled to one of two men who had robbed a nearby store a few days prior to the shooting. "His death continues to be painful and traumatic for his family, loved ones, and the many people touched by his life". Castile's family claimed he was profiled because of his race, and the shooting renewed concerns about how police officers interact with minorities. Prosecutors questioned whether Yanez had even seen it, and witnesses testified that it was in a pocket of Castiles shorts when paramedics pulled him from the vehicle. He says the jury sympathizes with Castile's family.
Following the verdict, people took to streets in St. Paul to protest the verdict.
USA police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been acquitted over the shooting of a black motorist. And, as in prior cases of Black men being shot and killed, the Justice Department could open an investigation into the case, as Castile's uncle has requested. The terms of the agreement were yet to be negotiated, but Yanez would not return to active duty, the statement said.
"He was compliant", Choi said.
He had been charged with second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety by discharging a firearm in the shooting.
Castile's fatal shooting was among several cases around the USA a year ago where law enforcement officers were found to have killed blacks. No charges were filed in that case.
And now there has been an exoneration in the case of Philando Castile, a 32-year-old cafeteria worker who was killed last year during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb. Defence attorneys pointed to inconsistencies in several of her statements. The officer who shot Castile dead was acquitted of manslaughter. They raised questions about discrepancies in Reynolds' statements to investigators, including where Castile carried his wallet and who purchased the marijuana that was in the vehicle.
January 11: A judge throws out riot charges against dozens of people who blocked I-94 to protest the shooting.
Protester Maya yells at law enforcement officers during a protest after the verdict. It played a prominent role in last-minute budget negotiations but did not pass.
Yanez thought Castile fit the description of a robbery suspect and was reaching for a gun. She says a permanent memorial is being planned.
One bullet hit the armrest between Reynolds and Castile.
Leary ran a no-nonsense courtroom during the trial. Defense attorneys appealed, but Leary's decision was upheld.
On June 16th, to the shock of many, the court acquitted Yanez of all charges.
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Sherrilyn Ifill, who heads the legal defense fund at the African-American civil rights group NAACP, said the acquittal, "highlights how hard it is to prosecute an officer for killing a person".