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Attorney: Officer 'did what had to do' in motorist shooting

Attorney: Officer 'did what had to do' in motorist shooting”

A Minnesota jury on Monday ended its first day of deliberations without a verdict in the trial of a police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop past year.

After three white alternates were dismissed following closing arguments, the 12-member jury includes two blacks.

Seventy-four seconds is the amount of time that elapsed between the moment Yanez turned on his squad vehicle lights to the moment he fired the seventh and final shot into Castile's auto. They were scheduled to deliberate until 4:30 p.m. and will reconvene at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

And the definition of "culpable negligence" is "intentional conduct that (Yanez) may not have meant to be harmful, but that an ordinary and reasonably prudent person would recognize as involving a strong possibility of injury to others".

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.

"Officer Yanez used deadly force as a first option rather than a last resort", he told the jury.

Valerie Castile says she's praying for a guilty verdict, and that Yanez had time to decide if deadly force was necessary. Reynolds said she showed the video because she did not trust police.

This is why this case should concern every police officer in America.

She added, "This is no longer about Philando".

"Castile was responsive and listening to Yanez", Paulsen told jurors Monday.

Among them is KingDemetrius Pendleton.

Jeronimo Yanez, a 29-year-old Latino officer, is charged in the July 6 death of Philando Castile, who was black.

He was also posting video commentaries on social media. He said none of those officers has been held responsible.

Gray reminded the jury of the officer's testimony that Castile looked like a man who robbed a convenience store four days earlier. But Pendleton says it will be just a "mustard seed of justice" if he is.

Both videos were played at trial.

Paulsen asked the jury to consider what might have happened if Yanez, when told of the gun, would have stepped back a few feet to better assess the situation.

The squad-car video shows a wide view of the traffic stop and the shooting, with the camera pointed toward Castile's vehicle.

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

The jury also re-watched video shot and livestreamed on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds.

Gray brought to jurors' attention the THC in Castile's system at the time of his death.

Leary refused a jury request to view a post-shooting video interview with Yanez by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, excerpts of which were read in court. Yanez shot the 32-year-old school cafeteria worker seconds after Castile informed him he had a gun during a traffic stop.

Yanez faces one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of risky discharge of a firearm for endangering the lives of Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter when he fired seven bullets into the vehicle.

"Being nervous is not a reason to shoot and kill somebody", federal prosecutor Jeffrey Paulsen said during his closing remarks in the Ramsey County District Court in St. Paul.



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