Almost twenty arrested as thousands protest verdict in Philando Castile shooting

More than 2,000 people have marched through Minnesota to protest against the acquittal of a police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile, a black motorist, as he sat in his vehicle with his girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter.

On Friday evening, protest organizers told the crowd that their resistance had not failed.

Troopers for the Minnesota State Patrol began arresting people after issuing three warnings for them to get off Interstate 94, according to a statement from spokeswoman Tiffani Nielson. The authorities made 18 arrests shortly after midnight on Friday after the protesters refused to disperse. On Friday, Yanez was acquitted of second degree manslaughter charges. Before Castile completed the sentence, Yanez interrupted and replied, "Okay" and placed his right hand on the holster of his gun.

It was the first time in the history of the state that a police officer was charged in a fatal shooting that happened on duty.

In it, Castile was seen bleeding to death in the driver's seat.

Questioned by his defense attorney during the trial, Yanez said: "I was scared to death".

The city of St Anthony police department said Yanez will not be returning to work in the city.

The verdict had sparked outrage among many in the St. Paul area.

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Circumstances of the shooting led to weeks of protests past year in St. Paul and the adjoining city of Minneapolis, and fueled a national debate about the appropriate use of force by police against racial minorities.

The jury cleared the policeman of second degree manslaughter and two counts of felony of intentional discharge of a risky weapon for endangering the safety of Ms Reynolds and her four-year-old daughter.

December 23: Defense attorneys remove the first judge assigned to oversee Yanez's case, Judge Edward Wilson.

But no video existed of exactly what happened inside the auto. "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.

February 11: Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, unveils a temporary memorial at the site of her son's shooting. "Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me", he said.

Thompson says it's hard for him to enjoy his Father's Day knowing his friend never got a chance to have a child and his mother will never have a grandchild by her only son.

She said the verdict shows "the system continues to fail black people".

Mr Castile had reportedly been reaching for his wallet but the officer testified that Mr Castile was ignoring his commands not to pull out the gun and he feared for his life.

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