United States officer acquitted in fatal shooting of black man

Pauline Gross
June 26, 2017

After the rally, police said roughly 2,000 people marched peacefully down streets in St. Paul, at times blocking traffic at intersections and then on Interstate 94, a major highway.

Yanez, who is Latino, was charged with second-degree manslaughter.

A jury reached its verdict after five days of deliberations: Yanez was acquitted of all charges.

The incident drew global condemnation when Castile's girlfriend live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook. After handing over his insurance card, Castile told him, "Sir, I do have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me".

Castile was said to know the names of all 500 students he worked with, and after the verdict St. Paul Public Schools said the verdict "may bring strong emotions" for those who knew "Mr. Phil", whom they describe as a "beloved SPPS employee". "While many officers carry out their jobs with respect for the communities they serve, we must confront the profound disconnect and disrespect that many communities of color experience with their local law enforcement", Nelson said. However, before Castile could complete his sentence, Yanez pulled out his gun and said: "Don't pull it out". "You all murdered my friend and got away with it!" he shouted.

According to Columbus Police, four of the officers were injured while attempting to move the protestors.

Yanez had testified that he was afraid for his life and that Castile did not follow his orders. Meanwhile, St. Anthony said officials had concluded “the public will be best served” if Yanez is no longer an officer there. Hundreds blocked the I-94 freeway a year ago after Castile's death was first reported.

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During the trial, Yanez testified that he feared for his life after he saw Castile's gun.

Yanez claimed that he feared for his life - that he believed Castile was, in that moment, reaching for his gun - while Reynolds maintains Castile was only taking out his I.D. Castile, a 32-year-old cafeteria supervisor, had a permit for the gun and alerted Yanez to the fact that he had a firearm on his person.

The 32-year-old deceased's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds live streamed Castile's shooting after his auto was pulled up during a traffic stop July 6, 2016.

"The system in this country continues to fail black people and will continue to fail us", she added.

Following the verdict, people took to streets in St. Paul to protest the verdict.

This post Philando Castile's Mother On Case Verdict: "The System Continues To Fail Black People" first appeared on Vibe. Kelly says Yanez thought Castile looked like "a possible match" for a suspect in a recent armed robbery. Dayton drew criticism in the days after the shooting for suggesting that Castile might not have been shot if he was white. We're going back down to 1969. The officer shot Castile, seconds after he informed him that he was carrying a gun.

Valerie Castile abruptly left the courtroom after the verdict was read, as cursing and sobbing from spectators could be heard. "In the meantime, Officer Yanez will not return to active duty". In Minnesota, defense attorneys and prosecutors can each strike one assigned judge from a case without giving a reason.

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