"I'm mad as hell right now": mother of Philando Castile

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 17, 2017

The trial for Jeronimo Yanez-the former St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer who killed 32-year-old Philando Castile during a traffic stop-started on May 30.

A still from the Facebook Live video Philando Castile's girlfriend took during the fatal shooting by a Minnesota police officer.

A jury found Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of one count of manslaughter and two counts of endangerment by intentionally shooting a firearm.

Defense attorneys also argued that Castile was stoned on marijuana and that it contributed to his failure to follow the officer's instructions.

According to a complaint filed in Minnesota state court, police auto audio and video recordings show that the gunfire erupted just a minute after Castile stopped his vehicle.

I am incredibly disappointed with the jury's verdict.

"The City of Falcon Heights is going to continue to do what we've been doing in terms of the task force on policing and inclusion, and continue to move forward and develop the city to be a welcoming and inclusive community". But prosecutors argued that was impossible and that Yanez had racially profiled Castile and pulled him over because he looked like a suspect in a robbery that had occurred earlier in the day.

"Shots fired", Yanez told police dispatch. He was seat belted and doing as he was told, when he was shot by Officer Yanez who fired seven shots into the vehicle where my. daughter and I also Saturday.

After the verdict was read, Yanez's lawyer Earl Gray told KSTP, "It was the right decision".

"It's not uncommon for a jury to be deadlocked at first but then to reach a verdict after some prodding from the judge", says Larry Cunningham, vice dean at St. John's Law School in NY, and a former prosecutor.

The horrid killing of Philando Castile has been burned and etched into our memories, when Facebook Live video erupted of a bloody and dying Castile with his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds' bloodcurdling scream in the background. At the time of the shooting, Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter were also in the auto.

Castile was shot in the chest seven times during a traffic stop.

"Seventy-four seconds after Yanez activated his squad lights, he fired the last of seven shots into the auto", Minnesota Public Radio's Matt Sepic reported.

A member of the jury that acquitted a Minnesota police officer of manslaughter in the shooting of a black motorist called deliberations "very, very hard" and says he thinks the panel delivered the right verdict.

Expert Joe Dutton told jurors "When Yanez saw the C-shaped grip of Castile's hand, he had to react to the actions of Mr. Castile", reported the CBS affiliate in Minnesota. According to Diamond Reynolds, Castile's girlfriend, he was reaching for his wallet. Castile had a permit and prosecutors say Yanez overreacted to a non-threat.

Castile is fatally shot after Yanez stops his auto in Falcon Heights.

A firefighter testified that he heard Castile's gun drop to the ground from his pocket when he put him on a stretcher. The city will offer Yanez a "voluntary separation agreement" to help him transition to another career, it said.

Yanez, who is Latino, testified that Castile disregarded his commands not to pull out the gun and that he feared for his life. Jurors also appeared in open court Tuesday morning after giving a note to the judge's clerk saying they wanted to review some of the evidence again.

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