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Hundreds Protest In Minnesota After Officer Acquitted

Grace Luna | 17 June, 2017, 11:33

"Yanez previously testified he had stopped Castile because the driver resembled a suspect in a local convenience store robbery days earlier", MPR reported. Mr. Castile's death was a bad tragedy, with devastating consequences for everyone involved. His statement made no mention of Yanez, but noted that "thousands" of police officers are "working to correct the injustices in our state". Minnesota Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton also weighed in, saying he did not think the shooting would have happened if Castile had been white. Philando Castile was fatally shot by police.

The St. Anthony Police Department has dismissed Yanez from duty despite being cleared of all charges.

According to a statement, Yanez will be offered a voluntary separation agreement to "help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer".

After handing his insurance card to Yanez, Castile quickly informed the officer that he had a permit to carry a gun and that he had the weapon in his trousers pocket.

“He didnt deserve to die the way he did, ” Philando Castiles sister, Allysza, said, through tears. He said they spent a lot of time dissecting the "culpable negligence" requirement for conviction, and the two holdouts eventually agreed Friday on acquittal.

February 15: Leary declines to dismiss the case against Yanez.

The ACLU and Amnesty International issued statements criticizing the verdict and NAACP Legal Defense Fund Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill said the jury's decision shows how hard it is to prosecute a police officer in a fatal shooting.

Philando Mother spoke to the press today and continues to assert that her son was murdered by Minnesota Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez. The city has concluded in this statement that the public would be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in that city. "My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away exclamation are you kidding me right now?" Defense attorneys appealed, but Leary's decision was upheld. "My son loved Minnesota". It took them five days of deliberations to acquit Yanez.

Castiles shooting was among a string of killings of blacks by police around the USA, including two other cases on trial this week in OH and Wisconsin.

But no video existed of exactly what happened inside the auto in the key seconds before Reynolds began filming, leaving a jury to decide whether to believe Officer Jeronimo Yanez's testimony that Castile was pulling out his gun despite his commands and he fired in fear for his life. He's found innocent on all counts.

Friday's verdict drew an angry reaction from Castile's mother.

The finding was in line with recent history showing trials of police officers often end in non-convictions - almost 40 percent of the time for those that Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Ohio's Bowling Green State University, has tracked since 2005. He also faced two felony counts of intentional discharge of a risky weapon over allegedly endangering Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her daughter.

Yanez testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so. The defence also argued Mr Castile was high on marijuana and said that affected his actions. He later testified that Castile went to reach for the weapon despite his instructions not to do so. Prosecutors questioned whether Yanez ever saw the gun.

Castile family members crying as they exit the Ramsey Co.

In July 2016, Diamond Reynolds, Castile's girlfriend, broadcast the aftermath of her boyfriend's fatal encounter with police on Facebook Live.

Hale said friends had just alerted him that the fugitives wanted in the slayings of two prison guards had been spotted in his area of rural Tennessee, so he quickly loaded his guns. Reynolds livestreams the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook. Afterward, one of his attorneys, Tom Kelly, said the defence was “satisfied.”.

Officer Jeronimo (yeh-RON'-ih-moh) Yanez is charged in the July 6 death of Philando Castile.

Prosecutors argued that Yanez, who is Mexican-American, racially profiled the African-American Castile, when he pulled him over for a nonfunctioning brake light.

The jury received the case on Monday afternoon.

A court spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The defense claimed Castile disregarded Yanez's orders during the traffic stop because he was stoned. Prosecutors say the 29-year-old Latino officer overreacted. "He knew what they could have to eat and what they couldn't", said Joan Edman, a retired paraprofessional at the school. Castile appears to give something to Yanez through the driver's side window. Castile had a permit for the firearm. "[Castile] was pulled over because, per Officer Yanez, he had a wide nose and looked like a suspect".

Outrage also came from former USA leader Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea, actress Sanaa Lathan, Broadway star Audra McDonald, Emily Osment, and Anika Noni Rose, who tweeted: "This country, my home, is breaking my f**king heart". Fear can not justify taking innocent life.


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