Officer in Minnesota cleared, fired from job

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Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop previous year, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter Friday.

On Friday night, a crowd of people gathered on the steps of the state Capitol to hear speakers criticize the verdict.

It was a feeling that St. Paul resident Ervin James also shared. We're going back down to 1969.

Those are some of the questions that local leaders began to ask during the first of several community conversation meetings on Friday evening. "I can't believe that's how justice runs in America". That's how I feel now. "(Castile) committed no crime other than being black.

"I have given Officer Yanez every benefit of the doubt on his use of deadly force, but I can not allow the death of a motorist who was lawfully carrying a firearm under these facts and circumstances to go unaccounted for", Choi told reporters. "We are still fighting for our rights". However, before Castile could complete his sentence, Yanez pulled out his gun and said: "Don't pull it out".

City officials in St. Anthony said they would offer Yanez a "voluntary separation" because they had concluded "the public will be best served" if he is no longer an officer there.

The St. Anthony police officer began to cry.

During the testimony, Yanez said he was "scared to death" and thought of his wife and baby daughter in before he fired the shots. He says the shooting had nothing to do with race. Since all human beings are fallible, "perfect negroes" are an impossibility, but I thought, because I was desperate, that Philando Castile might be one. After the verdict was read, Castile's family wept and left the courtroom. Gray pointedly went after Reynolds on cross-examination, flustering her as he exposed many issues in statements she made. "I'm sick of seeing black mothers crying".

The jury of seven men and five women, 10 of whom were white and two of whom were black, sided with the officer after deliberating for more than 25 hours spanning five days, acquitting Yanez on all charges.

Some Twitter users criticized the jury for the decision. "District attorneys around the country, from Tulsa to Cleveland to now St. Paul, must be held accountable for their failures to secure justice for victims of police violence".

Judge William Leary denied the request. I had walked along the protesters for a short distance, a block or two, from the elementary school where Philando Castile worked serving lunch to kids, to the governor's house. "Not reasonable. Not right".

After the verdict was announced, the Facebook event was updated. They urged calm while acknowledging the level of disappointment felt by many.

"I am so very, very, very. disappointed in the system here in the state of Minnesota", Valerie Castile said. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, is a passenger in the vehicle, along with her then-4-year-old daughter. While it captures what was said between the two men and shows Yanez firing into the vehicle, it does not show what happened inside the auto or what Yanez might have seen. The world would apparently be happy if she continues to flaunt her ideal body in crop tops and thongs.

"For that man to get on the stand and lie... All the evidence they had!"

The girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, said on the video and testified in court that Castile had been reaching for his driver's license to comply with the policeman's order. "I don't think it would have", Dayton told reporters. "You can get shot by the police anyway".