Dashcam video shows police shooting of Philando Castile
Dashcam footage of the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile has been released a week after the Minnesota officer who fired the shots was acquitted of manslaughter. Warning: graphic content.
CORRUPT WHITE COP Jeronimo Yanez EXECUTED Philando Castile. Then FOUND NOT GUILTY.
Officials Speak Out Following Philando Castile Shooting Verdict, Officer Yanez NOT Guilty
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer was acquitted of manslaughter Friday in the fatal shooting of a Philando Castile, a black motorist whose girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook. Jeronimo Yanez was also cleared of two lesser charges in the July traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb. Jurors deliberated for about 29 hours over five days before reaching the verdict in the death of Castile, who was shot just seconds after informing Yanez that he was carrying a gun. Castile’s family members reacted angrily, with his mother, Valerie, standing and swearing as the verdict was read. She and other family members immediately tried to leave the courtroom, and did so after security officers briefly barred the way.
Outside the courthouse, Valerie Castile said Yanez got away with “murder,” noting that her son was wearing a seatbelt and in a car with his girlfriend and her then-4-year-old daughter when he was shot. “I will continue to say murder,” she said. “I am so very, very, very … disappointed in the system here in the state of Minnesota. Nowhere in the world do you die from being honest and telling the truth.” “He didn’t deserve to die the way he did,” Philando Castile’s sister, Allysza, said, through tears. “I will never have faith in the system.” Yanez, who is Latino, testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so. The defense also argued Castile was high on marijuana and said that affected his actions.
Yanez stared ahead with no reaction as the verdict was read. Afterward, one of his attorneys, Tom Kelly, said the defense was “satisfied.” “We were confident in our client. We felt all along his conduct was justified. However that doesn’t take away from the tragedy of the event,” Kelly said. Despite the acquittal, the city of St. Anthony quickly announced it would dismiss Yanez, saying the public “will be best served” if he leaves the force. The city’s statement said they would offer a voluntary separation agreement.
Prosecutors declined to comment. Castile had a permit for the weapon, and prosecutors questioned whether Yanez ever saw it. They argued that the officer overreacted and that Castile was not a threat. Juror Dennis Ploussard said the jury was split 10-2 early this week in favor of acquittal. They spent a lot of time dissecting the “culpable negligence” requirement for conviction, and the last two holdouts eventually agreed Friday on acquittal. He declined to say whether he thought Yanez acted appropriately, but said the jury sympathizes with the Castile family.
From The Huffington Post:
Jury Finds Minnesota Cop Not Guilty In Shooting Of Philando Castile
Officer Jeronimo Yanez fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop last year.
ST. PAUL, Minn., June 16 (Reuters) – A jury on Friday found the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop last year not guilty of second-degree manslaughter.
St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged after he fatally shot Philando Castile, 32, last July. The aftermath was streamed on social media by Castile’s girlfriend, and the incident drew national attention and led to weeks of protests in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Yanez had testified that he was afraid for his life and that Castile did not follow his orders.
In the courtroom on Friday, people could be heard cursing as the verdict was read, and one woman sobbed. Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, abruptly left the court after the announcement and before court was formally dismissed.
The shooting in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights, like similar incidents across the United States, fueled public debate about the appropriate use of force by law enforcement against minorities.
Thank you The Huffington Post &
Officer who shot Philando Castile found not guilty on all counts
Minnesota prosecutor John Choi filed charges Wednesday against the police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, who fatally shot driver Philando Castile — the bloody aftermath of which was livestreamed on Facebook in a video that went viral.
If you think/believe this type of NON-justice is a rare thing…….