Minnesota police officer found not guilty in shooting death of Philando Castile

Yanez testified in court that he was forced to shoot Castile because he did not comply with his commands and was reaching for a gun, Minnesota Public Radio reported. And it's negotiating a voluntary separation agreement with Yanez.

"We struggled with it". Castiles family claimed he was profiled because of his race, and the shooting renewed concerns about how police officers interact with minorities.

U.S. prosecutors have found it hard to make criminal charges stick in police shooting cases.

Activists were hoping the cop would be severely punished for his actions, but a jury let him walk free on Friday (16Jun17), and Dawson, Mullally and Orange Is the New Black castmates Samira Wiley and Uzo Aduba were among those stunned by the verdict.

Much of the incident in which Philando Castile, 32, was shot in his auto was streamed live on social media.

A jury in St Paul, the state capital, acquitted the 29-year-old police officer of all second degree manslaughter and felony counts. How did Castile's family react?

Ploussard wouldn't identify the two holdouts, but says they were not the jury's only two black members.

"I said in July when I first stood before you that this case would mark a turning point in this nation". At the front of the protest was Castile's family and his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, crying as she held up a "Black Lives Matter" t-shirt-Reynolds, along with her 4-year-old daughter, witnessed a police officer shoot and kill Castile in his auto after he announced to the officer that he had a licensed gun in the glove compartment. Afterward, one of his attorneys, Tom Kelly, said the defence was “satisfied.”. Prosecutors argued that Yanez had overreacted and that Castile, a school cafeteria worker, was not a threat.

"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", she said. The rest of the jurors are white. Dayton, a Democrat, drew criticism in the days after the shooting for suggesting that Castile might not have been shot if he was white.

There was also video of the shooting captured from a camera mounted on the dashboard in Yanez's squad auto. They also argued that Castile failed to respond to Yanez's orders because he was under the influence of marijuana. But defense attorneys called their own witnesses to back up Yanez's claim that he saw Castile pulling the gun and that Yanez was right to shoot.

She remained stoic during the trial, sitting silently in the front row - across the aisle from Yanez's family - as the squad vehicle video of her son's shooting was played repeatedly. Yanez testified that he also wanted to investigate whether Castile was a suspect in the armed robbery of a nearby convenience store four days earlier. Yanez shot Castile during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb after Castile informed the officer he was carrying a gun.

Yanez has testified that Castile ignored his commands not to pull out the gun and he feared for his life. He was charged with manslaughter in the death last July of Philando Castile. Prosecutors insist Yanez never saw a gun and had plenty of options short of shooting Castile.

Reynolds testified that she started recording because she feared for her own life.

While Leary didn't spell out the reasons for denying their request Friday to review Yanez's testimony, prominent Minnesota defense attorneys noted the jury's instructions when the trial began to listen carefully, take notes and rely on their memories.

  • Arturo Norris