Arrests in Minnesota Clashes after Castile Cop's Acquittal


In some small semblance of justice, the AP reports that Yanez will soon be out of a job as a police officer.

Protesters gather outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. The vigil was held after St. Antho. Prosecutors questioned whether Yanez had even seen it, and witnesses testified that it was in a pocket of Castile's shorts when paramedics pulled him from the vehicle.

Philando Castile was fatally shot during a July 4 traffic stop after notifying Officer Jeronimo Yanez he was legally carrying a gun. She said she began recording the shooting's aftermath because she feared for her life and wanted to make sure the truth was known. "Are you kidding me right now?" "This is my license, ' they automatically are reaching for their gun thinking you're going to draw your gun on them, once again not realizing you're a good guy", said Martin, who lives in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

The incident, one of several deaths of black men and boys shot by U.S. police, sparked outrage and protests in St Paul.

After five days of deliberations, the jury of seven men and five women, 10 of whom were white and two of whom were black, found Yanez not guilty of all counts, including two counts of intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety.

Reynolds' daughter — 4 years old at the time — was also in the auto.

Yanez claimed that he feared for his life - that he believed Castile was, in that moment, reaching for his gun - while Reynolds maintains Castile was only taking out his I.D. Castile, a 32-year-old cafeteria supervisor, had a permit for the gun and alerted Yanez to the fact that he had a firearm on his person. When Kauser said, "I don't know what (Castile) was reaching for", Paulsen replied, "Exactly".

About 150 people gathered in a Minneapolis park for a rally and downtown march in response to the acquittal of a police officer who shot and killed a black driver, a muted response compared to protests one night earlier.

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An attorney for Mr Yanez, Mr Earl Gray, praised the verdict.

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

Castile was shot with Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter in the vehicle. Critics say Yanez's quick decision to use lethal force against Castile, a black man, represents a systematic problem in American policing, namely that black people are seen as criminals - even if they're not.

July 12: Castile's relatives say they will file a lawsuit in his death.

The reaction on social media said it all. Reynolds immediately pulled out her phone and took video of the next minutes in which officers attempted to calm the situation as the mortally wounded Castile died. In the end, a few dozen people were left, and police managed to push them off the freeway.

"I urge each of us to move forward in a way that is peaceful and respectful of everyone - residents, demonstrators and police officers alike", Mayor Christopher Coleman said in a statement.

Marches opposing the verdict are planned for Saturday, in New York, Oakland and several other cities. A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in th. A grand jury declined to indict Wilson, and the Justice Department opted against civil rights charges. He said Castile ignored his commands to stop pulling it out of his pocket.