Protests in Minnesota over Castile verdict

Protests in Minnesota over Castile verdict

Rosario Dawson and Megan Mullally are among the outraged stars venting their frustrations on social media after the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile in July 2016, was acquitted by a jury.

"The public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city", a statement released by the City of St. Anthony said. Flowers piled up and a handwritten sign said: "I will miss you".

Yanez, 29, had been charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm for killing Castile, 32.

Yanez proceeded to tell him not to reach for it, to which Castile replied that he wasn't. The video shows a frantic Yanez yelling and pointing his weapon at Castile, who sat slumped over and bloodied in the driver's seat.

Yanez defended his actions, arguing that he shot Castile because he had a gun and that he only reacted after the suspect reached for his gun in his pocket despite being warned not to do so. "You all murdered my friend and got away with it!" he shouted. The lifestreaming of its aftermath by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was in the vehicle with her then-4-year-old daughter, attracted even more attention.

"I am so very, very, very. disappointed in the system here in the state of Minnesota", Valerie Castile said. Castile then informs the officer he's carrying a weapon, but before he finishes his sentence, Yanez has his hand on his own gun and is pulling it out of the holster. "The system in this country continues to failBblack people and will continue to fail us". And that experience can carry over, Ector said.

July 8: Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he'll decide later whether he or a grand jury will decide on any charges against Yanez. He would not identify the two early holdouts but said they were not the jury's only two black members.

Millions of people saw Reynolds in her live Facebook stream as Castile lay bleeding next to her in the driver's seat.

"It is a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman", she went on.

The jury was comprised of seven men and five women. The city settled Rice's family's lawsuit for $6 million.

The video shows that in the moments before Castile died, a calm Reynolds tells him "stay with me", and then explains they had been pulled over for a broken tail light. Their confrontation was not captured on video. In May, the Justice Department announced that it will not indict Baton Rouge officers in the shooting of Alton Sterling. By 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police had largely cleared the demonstrators.

SC officer Michael Slager, who is white, shot black motorist Walter Scott in the back as he fled from a traffic stop. He pleaded not guilty. It contradicted Slager's original statement that Scott had attempted to grab his Taser. The vigil was held after St. Antho.

Approximately 2,000 people rallied at the Capitol before spilling onto the streets.

A jury in the US state of Minnesota has acquitted a police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop, a verdict that brought cries of dismay from the dead man's family and supporters in the courtroom.

Protesters march on University Avenue in St. Paul on Friday, June 16.

Castile's family raged after Minneapolis officer Yanez was found not guilty in court on Friday, with mum Valerie saying: "He will have to face his creator".

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