Hundreds protest after officer acquitted in fatal shooting of Philandro Castile

Posted June 17, 2017

Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop previous year has been found not guilty on all three charges by a jury consisting of 10 white people and two blacks. Castile then informs the officer hes carrying a weapon, but before he finishes his sentence, Yanez has his hand on his own gun and is pulling it out of the holster.

His death garnered national attention after his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, recorded the incident via Facebook Live. Moments later Yanez fired seven shots, five of which hit Castile. Reynolds livestreams the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.

"The system continues to fail black people", Valerie Castile said.

St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, was acquitted of manslaughter on Friday.

"You are supposed to be happy not crying", he was overheard saying to Yanez's mother. During the trial, Yanez's partner - Joseph Kauser - also took the stand, admitting that the officer believed Castile resembled a robbery suspect. The graphic video, which showed Castile bleeding to death in his vehicle, was seen nationwide. "We were very, very compassionate about the Castile family".

While it was most certainly emotional for the Castile family and the Yanez family, it was also very emotional for the jurors, especially when it all came to an end.

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August 24: The St. Anthony Police Department says it put Yanez back on administrative leave after he had briefly returned to limited duty, citing "concerns and other feedback from the community". There is shouting, and Yanez screams, "Don't pull it out!" before he fires seven shots into the auto, five of which hit Castile.

Police officers have cause to be on guard, cause to protect themselves as they carry out their often risky duty. After handing over his insurance card, Castile told him, "Sir, I do have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me".

February 11: Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, unveils a temporary memorial at the site of her son's shooting.

The video shows a shocked Reynolds calmly asking the officer why he had shot Castile, who was slumped over, moaning, as blood soaked his white T-shirt.

The defense argued that Castile was under the influence of marijuana and did not comply with the officer's instructions.

Justice Department investigations into police departments nationwide ― most notably in Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri ― have found widespread systemic issues and evidence of officers routinely violating the rights of citizens.

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The officer, Jeronimo Yanez, had been charged with second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety by discharging a firearm in the shooting of Philando Castile. The officer testified that Castile was ignoring his commands not to pull out the gun and he feared for his life.

Philando Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, said she was "mad as hell" with the verdict and called Yanez a "murderer".

Castile was licensed to carry the weapon.

There was also video of the shooting captured from a camera mounted on the dashboard in Yanez's squad auto.

Castile, 32, was a nutrition-services supervisor for the St. Paul Public Schools, where he had worked since he was 19. He was shot five times seconds after he informed Yanez during a traffic stop that he was carrying a gun.

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