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Minnesota Police Officer Who Shot And Killed Philando Castile Found Not Guilty

17 June 2017, 11:34 | Ruben Thornton

In another development, the city of St. Anthony announced on its website that Yanez is no longer employed by the city as a police officer.

Minnesota Democratic governor Mark Dayton also weighed in, saying he did not think the shooting would have happened if Mr Castile had been white.

What is indisputable is that Yanez approached the window of Castile's auto, had a brief verbal interaction, then fired seven shots in a matter of seconds, fatally wounding Castile with two shots to the heart. The city will offer Yanez a "voluntary separation agreement" to help him transition to another career, it said.

While it captures what was said between the two men and shows Mr Yanez firing into the vehicle, it does not show what happened inside the auto or what Mr Yanez might have seen.

About an hour into deliberations on Friday, the jury asked to have all of Yanez's testimony reread, but the judge also denied that request.

Castile had informed the officer that he was carrying a firearm, for which he had a permit.

"He got caught in three, four, five different lies", said Allysza Castille, Philando's sister.

Juror Dennis Ploussard said the jury was split 10-2 early this week in favour of acquittal.

Ploussard declined to say whether he thought Yanez acted appropriately.

Shortly after hearing the verdict, a handful of Castille's family members started screaming profanities and crying.

They're chanting "No justice, no peace, prosecute the police". That's exactly what the jurors in the trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez have decided today by issuing their not guilty verdict. The officer felt threatened and opened fire, he testified.

She continued, "I am so disappointed in the state of Minnesota".

The verdict took over 4 days and it has been reported that the two holdouts were white.

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After the shooting, then-President Barack Obama described as tragedies the deaths of Castile and of 37-year-old Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - the second black man slain during an altercation with police in two days.

Yanez's defense attorneys commented to KARE 11 on camera. Both prosecutors and defense lawyers said the video footage supported their version of events. He's found innocent on all counts. "Just because he was a police officer, that makes it OK".

CNN reports that Jeronimo Yanez was declared innocent of second-degree manslaughter in the July 6, 2016 shooting death of Philando Castile. Yanez was also cleared of lesser counts related to endangering Castiles girlfriend and her daughter for firing his gun into the auto near them. The drug was found in Castile's auto after the shooting, and Gray claimed that Castile had been under the influence of marijuana and delayed in his reactions at the time of the shooting. Prosecutors questioned whether Yanez ever saw the gun.

Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter, were also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

A Minnesota jury has reached a verdict in the trial of a police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of a black motorist. Yanez's voice choked with emotion as he talked of being "scared to death" and thinking of his wife and baby daughter in the split-second before he fired.

Prosecutors in St. Paul, Minnesota, said recordings from the auto - both from Reynolds' phone and from a dashboard camera - showed that Castile was courteous and nonthreatening, and they told the court there was no justification for Yanez's action. She streamed the video to Facebook Live.

Yanez initially pulled Castile over for a non-working brake light.

"After a thorough and fair investigation, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi correctly brought this case before a jury".

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

Yanez testified that his fear stemmed from learning Castile had a gun. Prosecutors say the 29-year-old Latino officer overreacted.

"You just killed my boyfriend!"

January 4: Ramsey County District Court Judge William Leary III, who is white, is assigned to preside over Yanez's manslaughter trial. He said the reasons were unimportant, and he sent them back to work. Castile appears to give something to Yanez through the drivers side window.

Philando Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, said she was "mad as hell" with the verdict and called Yanez a "murderer". Yanez told him to keep his hands up and not reach for the gun. On Wednesday, the jurors told the judge they were deadlocked and he told them to continue deliberating. I have to compose myself, sit at this laptop and write something profound about another black life taken by a police officer, another officer found not guilty for killing a black person.



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