Protesters march through St. Anthony to remember Castile Sunday

The small city (Saint Anthony Village, Minnesota) that employed Yanez as a policeman dismissed him immediately after he was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on all counts Friday in the death of Castile a year ago, the aftermath of which was shown in a video on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend.

A group of protestors peeled off from the pack and headed to Interstate 94 in St. Paul; the freeway was shutdown in both directions.

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

"I don't doubt that Officer Yanez is a decent person, but he made a frightful mistake from our perspective, and that's what this case was about", Choi said.

Following Friday's verdict, demonstrators closed down Interstate 94 in St. Paul.

Black gun owners have grown more concerned about their gun rights in light of police officer Jeronimo Yanez being cleared of shooting Philando Castile.

It was on July 6, 2016 when Jeronimo Yanez pulled over Philando Castile in a vehicle alongside his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter, Dae'Anna.

July 6: Castile is fatally shot after Yanez stops his auto in Falcon Heights. The defence also argued Castile was high on marijuana and said that affected his actions.

Yanez testified that he stopped Castile because he resembled a suspect in a local convenience store robbery days earlier. Often, they go straight back to their jobs without repercussions.

February 11: Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, unveils a temporary memorial at the site of her son's shooting.

Castile said her son would never jeopardize someone's life, especially with his girlfriend and her child in the vehicle at the time.

Head of the National African American Gun Association Philip Smith suggested police officers receive more training to learn that black people also have Second Amendment rights. At least 2,000 people filled the steps leading to the State Capitol in St. Paul to listen to activists and friends of Castile express their anger at the verdict.

The verdict also tells blacks that "the Second Amendment does not apply to them" because Castile "was honest with the officer about having a weapon in the vehicle, and there is no evidence that he attempted to or meant to use the weapon against the officer", the Louisiana Democrat said.

The squad auto video shows Yanez approaching Castile's vehicle and asking for a driver's license and proof of insurance.

Valerie Castile spoke about her son outside the courthouse following the verdict. Yanez shot him, claiming he feared Castile was reaching for his gun. "I feel for the first time that I'm utterly ashamed to be a Minnesotan", she said. Garner complained that he couldn't breathe on video captured by onlookers.

  • Larry Hoffman