Protests Erupt After Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting of Philando Castile

"As people across our city, state and country react to the jury's verdict, I urge each of us to move forward in a way that is peaceful and respectful of everyone - residents, demonstrators and police officers alike".

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

But Yanez, the son of a Mexican immigrant, told the court that he feared for his life when he thought Castile was reaching for a firearm during the incident.

The incident drew global condemnation when Castile's girlfriend live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook.

People first gathered on the Capitol steps to protest the verdict at 7 p.m. Friday night.

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.

"We've got to think bigger than that", she said.

Thousands of people have demonstrated after a Minnesota police officer who shot dead a black man during a traffic stop was acquitted of manslaughter.

Following are some reactions by Twitter users on the verdict. After handing over his insurance card, Castile told him, "Sir, I do have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me".

"To build trust", she added, "we need a democratic system of policing where our communities have an equal say in the way their neighborhoods are policed". A key part of the prosecution case was statements Yanez made that seemed to suggest he didn't know where the gun was.

Castile's fatal shooting was among several cases around the USA past year where law enforcement officers were found to have killed blacks.

Shortly after the verdict, the city of St. Anthony announced that Yanez would not be returning to work for its police department.

Prosecutors said Yanez was not justified in firing his gun, saying that Castile was courteous and non-threatening.

In the aftermath of protests in Minnesota following a police officer being found not guilty in the shooting death of Philando Castile, Sen.

Like Castile's mother, Holmes has also watched a video of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting her own son, Ronald Johnson, 25, during a chase in October 2014 in the Washington Park neighborhood. Her son was wearing a seatbelt and in a auto with his girlfriend and her then-4-year-old daughter when he was shot.

"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.

  • Julie Sanders