Black gun owners anxious by acquittal in Castile shooting
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 0:20
Protestors held signs and banners depicting Castile's face, as they chanted, "no justice, no peace" and "black lives, they matter here". A line of police in riot gear eventually met them, and demonstrators were warned they would be arrested if they didn't disperse. Yanez was charged with manslaughter in the death of Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker, during a July 6 traffic stop that turned deadly seconds after Castile alerted the officer that he was carrying a gun.
July 7: Protesters converge overnight at Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's official residence in the state capital of St. Paul.
As Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, said after the verdict was announced, "The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all".
However, within a minute of pulling Castile over, Yanez opened fired, later telling investigators the go-to excuse, "I thought I was gonna die".
"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". Reynolds said Castile told Yanz he had a permit to carry a handgun and was reaching for ID when he was shot.
"He was doing everything that I taught him to do to be fully compliant", she said.
January 9: Leary denies a request from the American Civil Liberties Union to release squad vehicle video of Castile's shooting. Dayton says he doesn't think the shooting would have happened if Castile had been white. "He made a awful mistake", Choi said after the verdict, referring to the officer. Before Castile completed the sentence, Yanez interrupted and replied, "Okay" and placed his right hand on the holster of his gun.
Yanez was also cleared of two lesser charges of endangering Castile's girlfriend Lavish Reynolds and her daughter.
Protesters were arrested for failing to leave St. Paul, Minnesota's Interstate 94, according to the agency's tweets Saturday.
Castile's family decried the court's decision to acquit Yanez.
Castile's death was one of several killings of black men by police officers that garnered national attention and sparked protests.
Franken also thanked Ramsey County Attorney John Choi for bringing charges in the case. He told jurors he could not grant it, but did not explain why, and sent them back to work.
St. Aoro said she believes the jury makeup was wrong from the trial's outset.
She asked people if they remembered the Montgomery bus boycott, a protest against racial segregation on public transportation that ultimately led to a change in Alabama law.