USA officer acquitted over shooting of black motorist

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

In a statement, a Minnesota State Patrol spokeswoman said the protesters were charged with unlawful assembly, among other things, after they declined repeated demands from police to vacate the roadway. The verdict at the center of the outrage was the clearing of the St Anthony police officer of manslaughter after he shot the 32-year-old Castile during a July 6, 2016 traffic stop.

Yanez told the court he feared for his life when Castile put his hand on his pistol - not his wallet or identification papers, as Taylor told him at the time.

St. Paul Public Schools, where Castile was employed as a cafeteria worker, described him as a "beloved employee".

Officer Joseph Kauser was called as backup when Yanez initiated the traffic stop. "Are you kidding me right now?" Castile's family cursed and stormed from the courtroom and citizens flocked by the hundreds to the state Capitol to vent their anger. Like many who expressed alarm at the verdict, they were critical of the makeup of the jury: eight men (one black) and four women (also one black).

"As people across our city, state and country react to the jury's verdict, I urge each of us to move forward in a way that is peaceful and respectful of everyone -- residents, demonstrators and police officers alike", Coleman said in a statement Friday.

Police had pulled Castile over many times before.

Rick Ector, a licensed gun owner who resides in Detroit said, some Police officers can be stereotyped when dealing with black riffle owners.

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

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A Minnesota police officer was acquitted Friday in the shooting of a black motorist whose dying moments were captured on Facebook video in a case that shocked the nation.

The squad-car video shows Yanez approaching Castiles vehicle and asking for a drivers license and proof of insurance. When Kauser said, "I don't know what (Castile) was reaching for", Paulsen replied, "Exactly".

She said civilization is "devolving, going back down to 1969". In an incident that shocked the nation, Mr. Castile's girlfriend live-streamed the moments following the shooting on Facebook while sitting in the auto along with their four-year old daughter.

The failure to reach a quick verdict reflects the infrequent convictions of police officers.

"None of this would have happened but for Philando Castile", defense attorney Earl Gray said.

"The community is deeply disappointed with the jury's verdict in the trial of Jeronimo Yanez for the death of Philando Castile and endangerment of Diamond and Dae'Anna Reynolds", said a press release from Communities United Against Police Brutality and the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, organizations that planned the event.

Police officers arrested 18 people - including a Minnesota Daily editor, David Clarey, who was filming the protest and City Pages reporter Susan Du - for failing to leave the freeway. That said, by arresting 18 protesters, Minnesota authorities have stressed that misconduct during the protest for Castile will not be tolerated.

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