Officer who shot Philando Castile found not guilty

The city promised to offer him "a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career". "In the meantime, Officer Yanez will not return to active duty".

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. Seconds later, the officer opened fire.

Yanez testified that Castile ignored his commands not to pull out the gun and he feared for his life.

The jury of 12, which included two black people, had to sort through the competing narratives lasting 5 days of deliberation.

As Castile bled to death in the auto and a young child in the back seat attempted to comfort her mother, the video showed Yanez with his gun drawn, yelling. They spent a lot of time dissecting the “culpable negligence” requirement for conviction, and the last two holdouts eventually agreed Friday on acquittal. "They're symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system". It was very, very hard, ” Ploussard said, adding that he thought the jury delivered the right verdict. Glenda Hatchett, a lawyer for the Castile family, said Friday.

'My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away!

"For those jurors to not have enough human empathy and conscience to just do the right thing, that just baffles me", she said.

In a statement provided to ABC Minneapolis affiliate KSTP, Reynolds said she was "incredibly disappointed" with the verdict.

The St. Anthony police officer began to cry.

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Earl Gray, an attorney for Yanez, welcomed the decision.

Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of fatally shooting Castile during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016. The shooter, Micah Johnson, said he acted in retaliation for killings of black men by police officers, police officials said.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez fatally shot Philando Castile, 32, during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, a suburb outside of Minneapolis, in July of a year ago.

Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, abruptly left the court after the announcement and before court was formally dismissed. She and other family members immediately tried to leave the courtroom, and did so after security officers briefly barred the way. The judge called them back into the courtroom and reread a portion of the instructions to them.

He was pulled over by Officer Yanez on July 7th in a routine traffic stop. Castile had previously informed Yanez that he had a firearm and was licensed to carry it. Also, his defense attorneys made the argument that Castile was intoxicated with marijuana and mentioned that influenced his actions. Castile had a permit. Prosecutors questioned whether Yanez ever saw the gun.

Prosecutors argued that Yanez, who is Mexican-American, racially profiled Castile, a black man, when he stopped him for a nonworking brake light. The livestreaming of its aftermath by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was in the auto with her then-4-year-old daughter, attracted even more attention.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez is charged in the death of 32-year-old Philando Castile. Castile said that he wasn't reaching for it while Yanez twice said, "don't pull it out". Reynolds livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook, drawing worldwide attention to Castile's death.

Just when it seemed this jury was tightly deadlocked, they arrived at the three not-guilty verdicts shortly after 2 p.m.

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