Acquittal verdict in Castile case leads to march, arrests

Minnesota State Patrol arrested 18 people protesting after a jury found Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty for the shooting of Philando Castile, according to one of the patrol's Twitter accounts.

Authorities arrested 18 people during a protest of the acquittal of a suburban Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed a black driver.

On Sunday the demonstration began at noon for three hours in St. Anthony. As Castile reaches for his license (following the officer's orders), and he assures him that he's not reaching for the gun (also following the officer's orders).

The video of Castile's death went viral after his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook, seconds after Castile was shot by the officer. "When they get done with us, they coming for you, for you, for you and all your interracial children".

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"Unless our lawmakers get serious about reforming laws that govern lethal force by police, justice will continue to elude grieving families", said Amnesty International USA researcher Justin Mazzola.

"Stand up and be the leader that you say you are", the uncle said to President Trump, suggesting that civil rights charges be brought for Officer Jeronimo Yanez's actions.

Yanez killed Castile in his auto last year while his fiance, Diamond Reynolds, and 4-year-old daughter were sitting in the vehicle. There is shouting, and Yanez screams, “Dont pull it out!” before he fires seven shots into the auto, five of which hit Castile.

Emotions are tense across the country after a jury acquitted an officer in a deadly shooting in Minnesota. St. Paul police put the number of peaceful protestors in the streets and at the Capitol at about 2,000.

"What do we mean when we say we want justice?"

"The fact in this matter is that my son was murdered, and I'll continue to say murdered, because where in [sic] this planet [can you] tell the truth, and you be honest, and you still be murdered by the police of Minnesota. Yes, I am", Castile's mother Valerie told a group of reporters.

During the stop, the former cafeteria worker informed Yanez that he was carrying a gun just moments before he was shot.

High-profile cases like the deaths of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown and Eric Garner ended with the acquittal of the police officer or officers involved or with the charges dropped.

Circumstances of the shooting led to weeks of protests a year ago 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. Reynolds said he was reaching for his wallet.

Mr Yanez and his family, meanwhile, quietly slipped out of the courthouse and into a van before leaving without taking questions. But Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who filed charges against the officer, declared such fear unreasonable.

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

  • Larry Hoffman