Trial Set to Begin for Officer in Fatal Shooting


"Jurors are very reluctant to second-guess the split-second life-or-death decisions of an on-duty police officer involved in a violent street encounter with a citizen", said Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Ohio's Bowling Green State University.

The second motion the defense has filed is that they have learned from a state interview with Diamond Reynolds, Castile's girlfriend, that marijuana was purchased 2-3 hours before the shooting.

The process of selecting a jury is underway in the Twin Cities in the trial of a police officer charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a black motorist. Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of officer Yanez, charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights last July.

"I didn't do it for pity".

Gray argued that the permit portion of the transcript should be redacted at trial. Paul area and surrounded the governor's mansion.

Phil Stinson, a professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green State University in OH, says police officers shoot and kill people about 900 to 1,000 times per year.

"Would this have happened if the driver and passenger were white?"

"I think in this case, actually, the defense is walking in, I think in a way, more favorable than the state because there is generally in Minnesota still a great respect for law enforcement", Halberg said.

Dayton's comments angered those who say Yanez deserves a trial before judgment is passed.

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Prosecutors say Yanez shot Castile, a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker, after Castile told him he was armed. "The driver looks more like one of our suspects just 'cause of the wide-set nose".

Castile's uncle calls it racial profiling.

"I'm not sure a conviction will result in justice because this will not get (Castile's) life back".

"Philando Castile was not resisting or fleeing". His legal team tried unsuccessfully to have the trial moved away from the Ramsey County District Court in St. Paul, arguing Yanez would be unable to obtain a fair trial due to media coverage.

NELSON: Jeronimo Yanez now faces a second-degree manslaughter charge.

Yanez said he thought Castile had the gun in his right hand and he had "no option" but to shoot, the complaint said. "Philando Castile moaned and uttered his final words: I wasn't reaching for it". He, they just killed my boyfriend. "And it is the beginning of another chapter", said Castile's mother.

A key element of the trial will likely be the viral video of the situation and another video, extracted from Yanez's squad auto. Jury selection begins Tuesday in what's believed to be the first time a Minnesota police officer has been indicted for shooting a civilian while on duty.

"County Attorney gives a press release where he totally opines Officer Yanez is guilty. That's totally unethical and wrong", said attorney Earl Gray.

Yanez's attorneys insist there is much more to the case than the Facebook livestream we all watched a year ago. In both videos, the two can be heard arguing over whether or not Castile was reaching for his gun (which he admitted to having) or his ID.