Hundreds protest after officer acquitted in fatal shooting of Philandro Castile

Hundreds protest after officer acquitted in fatal shooting of Philandro Castile”

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged with felony manslaughter and two lesser charges for killing Castile during a traffic stop in July 2016.

Our hope is for calm as Minnesotans react to the verdict and try to come to grips with the complicated underlying issues that are leading to too many violent confrontations between police officers and black men.

Yanez stared ahead with no reaction as the verdict was read. He later confirmed that he believed Castile matched the description of a suspect, something cops often say about black men. There is no justice for us.

Some of the protesters that the Minnesota State Patrol estimated to be about 500 people made their way onto Interstate 94 and blocked traffic for more than an hour. "(Castile) committed no crime other than being black. "We are still fighting for our rights".

Prosecutors said Yanez was not justified in firing his gun, saying that Castile was courteous and non-threatening. Yanez said he pulled Castile over because of a broken tail light on his auto, but radio transmissions later revealed that the officer thought Castile resembled a suspect in the robbery of the Super USA convenience store just days earlier.

The St. Anthony police officer began to cry. He declined to say whether he thought Yanez acted appropriately, but said the jury sympathizes with the Castile family.

After shooting Castile, Yanez is heard on the squad-car video telling a supervisor that he didn't know where Castile's gun was, then that he told Castile to get his hand off it. Yanez testified, "What I meant by that was I didn't know where the gun was up until I saw it in his right thigh area".

"He did what he had to do", Gray said, adding that the situation was "tragic".

"Clearly, there will be conversations about how officers can be better equipped to deal with these type of situations and I am confident that in the civil case that will follow, there will be much discussion about training", Fletcher said.

"I'm sick of this", said Thompson, outside the Ramsey County Courthouse on Friday. I am exhausted. I am sick.

The jury's decision was "in no way an indication of innocence", the groups said in a joint statement. Under the circumstances, just because he's a police officer, that makes it OK. She did speak with reporters outside of the courthouse.

Even when officer Yanez was charged with manslaughter, I knew the case wasn't going to stick.

At Yanez's trial, in a small courtroom in downtown St. Paul, defense lawyers made repeated mention of Castile's and Reynolds's use of marijuana.

"The arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice but today is two steps back", said Stark, in a Twitter post.

Moans of dismay and weeping swept through the courtroom after the verdict was announced. They urged calm while acknowledging the level of disappointment felt by many. Like I said. Because this happened with Philando, when they get done with us, they're coming for you, for you, for you and all your interracial children. They reached a verdict shortly before 2:15 p.m. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her daughter, then 4, were also in the auto at the time. Although footage from the squad vehicle captured the shooting from a distance, it didn't clearly depict what happened inside the auto during those crucial few moments.

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