Protests in Minnesota over Castile verdict

Protests in Minnesota over Castile verdict”

Friday's acquittal prompted swearing from Castile's family members. "Yanez previously testified he had stopped Castile because the driver resembled a suspect in a local convenience store robbery days earlier", MPR reported.

"I don't doubt that Officer Yanez is a decent person, but he made a terrible mistake from our perspective, and that's what this case was about". He says he knows Yanez would take back what happened if he could.

Speakers led chants, sang hymns and urged the protesters not to lose hope.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota jury has reached a verdict in the trial of a police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of a black motorist. The aftermath of the shooting caused a national furor when it was live-streamed on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, who was a passenger in the vehicle.

Reynolds issued a statement Friday saying that Castile was racially profiled and was obeying Yanez's instructions and was reaching for his wallet when he was shot. "I'm mad as hell right now".

She ended her statement by saying: "God help America".

Officer Joseph Kauser was called as backup when Yanez initiated the traffic stop. He had a permit to carry.

Prosecutor John Choi, who made the decision to charge Yanez, said he knows the acquittal is painful for many people, but that the verdict "must be respected".

Organizers of the Friday protest said on Facebook, "This verdict shows how the system is rigged against justice for victims of police terror". He said he believed Yanez lied about seeing Castile's gun.

Gov. Mark Dayton offered his condolences to the Castile family on the verdict, calling his death "a bad tragedy" in a statement that made no mention of Yanez.

"Seventy-four seconds after Yanez activated his squad lights, he fired the last of seven shots into the vehicle", Minnesota Public Radio's Matt Sepic reported. As Castile sat bleeding to death, his girlfriend began filming. Dayton drew criticism in the days after the shooting for suggesting that Castile might not have been shot if he was white. And it's negotiating a voluntary separation agreement with Yanez. Prosecutors argued that Yanez had overreacted and that Castile, a school cafeteria worker, was not a threat.

The jury did not arrive to this unanimous verdict very quickly or easily.

Juror Dennis Ploussard said the jury was split 10-2 early this week in favor of acquittal. Two holdouts eventually agreed after five days.

The 12-member jury includes two black members. He says the jury sympathizes with Castile's family. "My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away". David, Yanez faced manslaughter charges, and he was acquitted. She pointed out her son was wearing a seatbelt and had his girlfriend and her daughter in the vehicle.

"I am so disappointed in the state of Minnesota". The jury heard two weeks of testimony and spent about 27 hours deliberating. Leary, who is white, was assigned to the case after Yanez's attorneys asked to have another judge, who is black, removed. These two decisions create an atmosphere where police violence is sanctioned based on what we think a hypothetical officer could have felt, even if, in reality, the officer was acting recklessly, had ill motives or was acting based on implicit bias.

The stop turned deadly seconds after Castile alerted the officer that he was carrying a gun.

After the verdict, Yanez's attorney, Tom Kelly, said the trial was fair and that "nobody should have an adverse reaction to this". His sister and others sobbed loudly.

Proesters on I-91 in St. Paul. Yanez shot Philando Castile five times just seconds after Castile informed him he was carrying a gun.

Yanez, who is Latino, had worked for the St. Anthony Police Department for almost five years. The defense also argued Castile was high on marijuana and said that affected his actions. He also faced two felony counts of intentional discharge of a unsafe weapon over allegedly endangering Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her daughter.

Officer Jeronimo (yeh-RON'-ih-moh) Yanez is charged in the death of 32-year-old Philando Castile.

Theresa St. Aoro brought flowers Friday to the spot in Falcon Heights, outside Minneapolis, where Castile was shot.

Thousands of protesters gathered in Minnesota Friday night after a court acquitted the police officer who shot dead Philando Castile during a traffic stop, an incident that was broadcast on Facebook Live by the deceased's girlfriend.

Earl Gray, an attorney for Yanez, told Reuters after the verdict that "justice was done" and that Yanez was just "doing his job". Prosecutors questioned whether Yanez had even seen it, and witnesses testified that it was in a pocket of Castile's shorts when paramedics pulled him from the auto.

State prosecutors Rick Dusterhoft and Clayton Robinson, and federal prosecutor Jeff Paulsen, played squad auto video of the shooting repeatedly as they presented their case. Yanez pulled Castile over for a broken taillight July 6 in a St. Paul suburb.

On Wednesday, the apparently deadlocked jury was summoned to court by the judge and told to keep deliberating.

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