Another police shooting acquittal worries black gun owners

On Friday, a jury acquitted the Minnesota police officer who killed him.

Yanez shot Castile five times on July 6 during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. 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.

Castile's shooting gained instant worldwide attention as Reynolds began recording on Facebook Live after Yanez has shot her boyfriend.

The mayor also said officers with the St. Paul Police Department used new training and crowd control tactics last night.

"Mr. Castile's death was a bad tragedy ..." After the verdict was read Friday afternoon, the city of St. Anthony swiftly announced plans to dismiss Yanez, despite his acquittal.

Yanez was charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm for killing Castile, 32. "The system in this country continues to failBblack people and will continue to fail us". "I didn't want to shoot Mr. Castile", he testified, "I thought I was going to die".

Organizers of Friday's protest said that the verdict "shows how the system is rigged against justice for victims of police terror". He served food to the students everyday and was said to know everyone's name.

The evidence included squad auto video, but its wide view didn't capture exactly what happened inside the vehicle.

Questioned by his defense attorney during the trial, Yanez said: "I was scared to death. Are you kidding me right now?"

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton issued a statement calling Castile's death a "terrible tragedy", while emphasizing the ongoing efforts to improve police-community relations. Officers say that four of the protestors didn't comply and they were arrested.

July 6: Castile is fatally shot after Yanez stops his auto in Falcon Heights. Jeronimo Yanez, 29, was found not guilty of all three charges he faced in the death of 32-year-old Philando Castile: Second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of intentional discharge of a unsafe weapon for endangering the safety of Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter.

"Today, my heart is with the family of Philando Castile".

John Choi, the Ramsey County prosecutor assigned to the case, told reporters following the verdict that Castile "did nothing that justified the taking of his life".

Outside the courthouse, Castile's mother said Yanez got away with murder.

"We have 600 officers total in the City of St. Paul", Coleman said. "I told him not to reach for it".

Motorist Philando Castile was fatally wounded by Jeronimo Yanez after he was stopped in his auto in Falcon Heights, St Paul, in 2016.

"I'm sure people of color are going to say, and rightfully so, what is the burden of proof for an officer to be" convicted? asked Dwayne Crawford, the executive director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

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