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Yanez acquittal sparks protests in St. Paul

19 June 2017, 01:11 | Ruben Thornton

Yanez acquittal sparks protests in St. Paul

Yanez acquittal sparks protests in St. Paul

Taylor, whose four-year-old daughter was in the backseat, said Castile told the officer: "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me". Castile volunteered that he was legally carrying a gun.

Prosecutors argued that Yanez did not see the gun and acted unreasonably. They raised questions about discrepancies in Reynolds' statements to investigators, including where Castile carried his wallet and who purchased the marijuana that was in the auto.

"My boyfriend, Philando Castile, was pulled over because, per Officer Yanez, he had a wide nose and looked like a suspect". The case may have ended, but there is certainly still emotional fallout and outrage over the shooting of Philando Castile. He testified that when he told a supervisor he didn't know where it was, he meant only at first. "He made a disgusting mistake", Choi said after the verdict, referring to the officer.

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

As Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, said after the verdict was announced, "The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all".

"He didn't deserve to die the way he did", Philando Castile's sister, Allysza, said, through tears. “I will never have faith in the system.”.

"Mr. Castile's death was a awful tragedy ..."

If testimony from one figure is re-read, it's nearly like they're testifying again, said Marsh Halberg, a defense attorney not connected to the case.

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“We were confident in our client. "However that doesn't take away from the tragedy of the event", Kelly said.

A gathering point for them became an occupation in front of the governor's mansion in St. Paul, which lasted for 20 days until police cleared it July 26, arresting more than 40 people in the process. Police arrested 18 people.

"The public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city", a statement on the city's website said. The video showed blood oozing through Castile's shirt as he appeared to lose consciousness.

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 jury was comprised of seven men and five women. Hundreds blocked the I-94 freeway past year after Castile's death was first reported.

The jury reached its verdict of not guilty on the manslaughter charge as well as the two counts of risky discharge of a firearm Friday afternoon after about 30 hours of deliberations.

In addition to the second-degree manslaughter charge, Yanez was also acquitted of two lesser charges of endangering the safety of Castile's girlfriend and young daughter, who were in the vehicle when Castile was shot and killed.

Associated Press writer Doug Glass contributed from Minneapolis.

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