Race Wasn't Factor in Castile Shooting, Officer's Lawyer Says

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Jeronimo Yanez, the police officer in St. Anthony who killed Castile, reacted to "the presence of that gun and the display of that gun", his lawyer said on Saturday, denying the shooting had anything to do with Castile's race.

Castile informed the officer he was a concealed weapons permit holder and that he was legally carrying a gun.

The longtime civil rights activist was in the Twin Cities to support the family of Philando Castile, the St. Paul man shot and killed Wednesday by a St. Anthony police officer.

Albert Goins, an attorney who assisted the family in the hours following the shooting, said that if Castile was indeed a robbery suspect, officers would have initiated a felony traffic stop. Yanez opened fire, striking Castile multiple times.

Investigators have declined to say what led up to last week's shooting of the 32-year-old school cafeteria supervisor, whose death helped spark protests around the nation, including one in Dallas in which five police officers were killed and several more were wounded.

Officer: "Shots fired Larpenteur and Fry".

Yanez "was reacting to the actions of the driver", Kelly said.

A long list of celebrities have publicly spoken out following the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile earlier this week.

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Mr Castile's girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, recorded the scene, showing Mr Castile slowly bleeding to death as the officer continued to point his firearm into the auto on Facebook Live.

No recent information is available on the racial breakdown of drivers stopped or ticketed by police in Falcon Heights, the mostly white suburb where the shooting occurred, or in other Minnesota towns.

"I stand by what I said yesterday", Dayton replied.

Yanez and his partner, Joseph Kauser, are on paid administrative leave. Authorities have not said why police stopped the vehicle.

"The other ones, I thought, you know, I could see why the cop took the shot", Schommer said. The location the officer gives also corresponds to the locations of the traffic stop.

The Hennepin County medical examiner announced that Castile's death has been ruled a homicide, and in a statement, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced that the incident is under investigation.

Kim Kardashian has joined the roster of celebrities who have spoken out for Black Lives Matters following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, who were shot by police officers.

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