Officer acquitted in Castile shooting; thousands protest

Castile was killed in a traffic stop last July.

Philando Castile, 32, was shot five times by Jeronimo Yanez in the driver's seat while his girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter were in the auto. The officer who shot Castile dead was acquitted of manslaughter.

The jury reached its verdict of not guilty on the manslaughter charge as well as the two counts of risk discharge of a firearm Friday afternoon after about 30 hours of deliberations. Castile's family stormed out of the courtroom after the verdict was read. despite his acquittal, the city of St. Anthony swiftly announced plans to dismiss Officer Jeronimo Yanez.

The City of St. Anthony said after the verdict that Yanez "will not return to active duty". The march, which appeared to be peaceful, later spilled onto Interstate 94 at Dale Street.

At least 18 people arrested in the United States city of St Paul following the acquittal of officer who shot and killed a black man. After nearly a year since the 32-year-old was shot to death in his vehicle by a Minnesota police officer, the case has been closed, resulting in the officer being found not guilty.

Some of the protesters that the Minnesota State Patrol estimated to be about 500 people made their way onto Interstate 94 and blocked traffic for more than an hour. By early Saturday morning, at least 18 people had been arrested for failing to leave the freeway.

At least 18 people have been arrested in the U.S. city of St Paul during a mass protest that erupted following the acquittal of a police officer who shot and killed an African-American man.

Ploussard said he didn't put too much weight into reviewing the Facebook live video captured by Diamond Reynolds, which showed the aftermath of the shooting.

February 8: Attorneys for Yanez say in court documents that Castile's gun was accessible and that he was reaching for it when he was killed.

According to KTSP-TV, the judge tasked the jurors to determine the level of culpable negligence demonstrated by Yanez in his decision to use lethal force against Castile. Castile was said to have told Yanez he was armed and had a permit to carry.

July 12: Castile's relatives say they will file a lawsuit in his death. One teacher testified at trial that Castile remembered which kids had allergies, and nudged students to finish their veggies.

"I will continue to say murder because where in this planet do you tell the truth and you be honest and you still be murdered by the police of Minnesota?"

"The system continues to fail black people I am so disappointed in the state of Minnesota". Their anger followed the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the shooting death of Philando Castile. It is a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Officer Yanez is a policeman. "God help America", said Reynolds. "They wouldn't have tried to put on the show trial if we hadn't protested", referring to the marches and protests immediately after Castile was shot last summer. The school district said grief counselors will be available to speak to students and staff.

"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.

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