Protests Erupt After Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting of Philando Castile

Protests Erupt After Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting of Philando Castile”

About a dozen people went to the pride parade to protest the acquittal of Philando Castile, an African American man who was shot and killed by police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in Minnesota. Activists working to end police violence said they were shocked that the gruesome visibility of his death, which sparked weeks of nationwide protests, did not result in a different outcome for the officer. They were arrested after they failed to comply with orders to disperse, the agency posted on Twitter. Speakers led chants, sang hymns and urged the protesters not to lose hope. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 18 people were eventually arrested.

"When an officers learns a black person is carrying legally, "they are not necessarily going to relax, but they now have an idea about your character", Ector said".

Motorist Philando Castile was fatally wounded by Jeronimo Yanez after he was stopped in his vehicle in Falcon Heights, St Paul, in 2016.

On Friday night, after the verdict was announced, there were 18 arrests of people police said ignored warnings to leave Interstate 94 in St. Paul.

"As soon as you say, 'I'm a concealed carry holder".

"I didn't ask for this, it fell at my door and I'm going to do anything and everything in my power so that man is prosecuted in some type of way", she said. "We had a calmer cafeteria this year, and I think it was because he was there". "I feel for the first time that I'm utterly ashamed to be a Minnesotan", she said.

"Unless our lawmakers get serious about reforming laws that govern lethal force by police, justice will continue to elude grieving families", said Amnesty International USA researcher Justin Mazzola.

During the trial, jurors heard testimony from both sides.

Numerous groups castigated the decision.

If you read carefully, you'll note that it appears that the officer shot Castile for doing exactly what the officer told him to do.

"I fear for the lives of my children everyday walking down the street". Jurors similarly declined to comment on the verdict.

January 4: Ramsey County District Court Judge William Leary III, who is white, is assigned to preside over Yanez's manslaughter trial. Indeed, police discrimination against people of color, often under cover of the war on drugs, has been well documented - Mr. Castile had been pulled over, usually for minor traffic infractions, 49 times in 13 years.

"Yanez worked for the system".

"The fear that Officer Yanez had of Philando Castile in his passenger seat is one that is taught to us and one that is prevalent in our communities".

- CNN's Bill Kirkos reported from St. Paul, and CNN's Ralph Ellis reported and wrote from Atlanta.

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