Minnesota officer acquitted in shooting of Philando Castile
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 7:01
The fatal shooting's aftermath was livestreamed on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who along with her 4-year-old daughter was in the vehicle at the time.
During the trial, jurors heard testimony from dozens of witnesses, including Yanez, a police officer with St. Anthony, who cried on the stand while saying he did not want to shoot Castile. Jurors deliberated for about 29 hours over five days before reaching the verdict in the death of Castile, who was shot just seconds after informing Yanez that he was carrying a gun. They spent a lot of time dissecting the culpable negligence requirement for conviction, and the last two holdouts eventually agreed Friday on acquittal. His statement made no mention of Yanez, but noted that "thousands" of police officers are "working to correct the injustices in our state".
Both were in the auto when the officer shot Mr Castile during a traffic stop in Minnesota. That's why she took to Facebook Live so she could totally vent and not have to be anxious about how she would come off in a formal setting.
Ploussard declined to say whether he thought Yanez acted appropriately.
Yanez testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so.
Yanez has been fired, the city of St. Anthony reported Friday. He was stopped for a broken taillight and told Yanez he was licensed to carry a gun and had one in the vehicle.
The post Jury finds Minnesota officer not guilty in shooting death of Philando Castile appeared first on PBS NewsHour. The officer fatally shot Castile after pulling him over for a broken taillight outside St. Paul previous year.
At least 82 officers across the country have faced murder or manslaughter charges for on-duty shootings since the beginning of 2005, according to research from Philip Stinson, an associate professor of criminology at Ohio's Bowling Green State University. After the verdict was read, Castile's family wept and left the courtroom.
The city will host a series of community discussions this weekend to allow residents to reflect on the verdict, police-community relations and other issues. They said he was too quick to grab his gun and shoot, based on the unsubstantiated suspicion that the victim was a robbery suspect.
Judge William H. Leary III is head of Ramsey County District Court's civil division. The officer added that Castile failed to comply with repeated orders to not reach for the gun. Although he had no serious criminal record, The Associated Press examined records that show he was pulled over around 50 times in recent years in the Minneapolis-St. In May, the Justice Department announced that it will not indict Baton Rouge officers in the shooting of Alton Sterling. "Because if the government can take your life and no one is held responsible, you are a second-class citizen, if not fully dehumanized in the eyes of the law".
A key part of the prosecution case was statements Yanez made that seemed to suggest he didn't know where the gun was.