Hundreds Protest After Minnesota Officer Found Not Guilty In Philando Castile Death

Hundreds Protest After Minnesota Officer Found Not Guilty In Philando Castile Death

Hundreds Protest After Minnesota Officer Found Not Guilty In Philando Castile Death

Bob Edwards, of St. Anthony, uses a mallet in Falcon Heights, Minn., to install a sign he made near the site where Philando Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop by St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez previous year. Castile had a permit for the weapon.

November 16: Prosecutors announce that Yanez has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in Castile's shooting.

The jury got the case Monday, after just five days of testimony, evidence and arguments.

The St. Anthony Police Department has dismissed Yanez from duty despite being cleared of all charges.

By Friday evening, thousands of peaceful protesters had gathered in St. Paul and were marching through the streets. Seven people were arrested during the massive demonstration near the state Capitol and no injuries were reported, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Castile was one of 1,092 individuals killed by the police in 2016.

State police said on Twitter that it arrested 18 protesters after a smaller group splintered off and walked down an entrance ramp to block Interstate 94 in St. Paul, shutting down traffic in both directions.

Police ordered the protesters to disperse and the crowd eventually moved off I-94 mainlines and onto an entrance ramp.

Castile's shooting was among a string of killings of blacks by police around the US, and the livestreaming of its aftermath by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, attracted even more attention. She said that they had been stopped for a broken taillight and that her four-year-old daughter was in the auto at the time of the shooting. The officer testified that Castile was ignoring his commands not to pull out the gun and he feared for his life.

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Yanez said that Castile matched the description of a robbery suspect, telling another officer before the shooting that he had a "wide-set nose" and a broken taillight.

Questioned by his defense attorney during the trial, Yanez said: "I was scared to death". They contended that Castile was not a threat. Castile's family said he was profiled because of his race, African-American.

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, told reporters, through tears. "Even though Philando's death was not vindicated today, I will never stop as long as I live fighting for justice through the Philando Castile Relief Foundation".

Thousands in the U.S. state of Minnesota are protesting the verdict of a police officer who was acquitted of the fatal shooting of an African American man.

Much of the incident in which Philando Castile, 32, was shot in his vehicle was streamed live on social media. It is a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman. His girlfriend argued that he was reaching for his wallet. Supporters of Philando Castile hold a portrait of Castile as they march along University Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., leaving a vigil at the state Capitol on Friday, June 16, 2017. The school district said it was making counselors available for students and staff over the summer.

Meanwhile, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman described Castile as a "son of Saint Paul".

Around 2,000 people marched through the city, blocking traffic and commuter trains after Mr Castile's mother said the verdict proved "the system continues to fail black people".

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