Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

US officer acquitted over shooting of black motorist

US officer acquitted over shooting of black motorist

Some held signs that read "this hurts" and "Justice not served for Philando".

A couple hundred protesters have targeted the Minnesota city where a police officer worked after a jury acquitted him in the fatal shooting of a black motorist past year.

Yanez, 29, shot Castile, 32, multiple times on July 6, 2016, seconds after the black motorist alerted the officer that he was carrying a gun, during the traffic stop.

Yanez fired repeatedly at Castile, testifying later he though the man was reaching for a gun. The shooting of Philando Castile was captured on Facebook Live by his girlfriend as her young daughter looked on, lending an extra layer to the same old story of police using excessive force on an African-American. "My family's faces popped up in my mind, my wife and baby girl", Yanez said, his voice choked with emotion. "District attorneys around the country, from Tulsa to Cleveland to now St. Paul, must be held accountable for their failures to secure justice for victims of police violence".

"I'm mad as hell right now, yes I am", shouted Castile. On Friday, Yanez's acquittal did the same. He said the verdict also implies that the Second Amendment does not apply to black people because Castil acknowledged having a concealed weapon in his auto, and did not attempt to attack the officer with it.

Thousands of people gathered Friday evening at the state Capitol to protest the eventual verdict. "I told him not to reach for it".

The jury of seven men and five women, 10 of whom were white and two of whom were black, sided with the officer after deliberating for more than 25 hours over five days, acquitting Mr Yanez of all charges.

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

A day after Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted in the shooting death of Philando Castile, Sen.

After approaching his vehicle window, Yanez asked Castile for his license and proof of insurance. "I don't know how to do that", he said.

Franken also thanked Ramsey County Attorney John Choi for bringing charges in the case.

"I was stunned, just stunned", St. Aoro said. Yanez said Castile was reaching for the gun and didn't listen to his instructions to stop.

When some marchers ignored repeated police orders to disperse, state and local officers arrested 18 of them shortly after midnight, a state police spokesman said.

"I am so disappointed in the state of Minnesota", Philando Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, told reporters on Friday after the verdict was announced, the Star-Tribune reports.

"We've got to think bigger than that", she said. She was praised for her split-second decision to stream the shooting's aftermath and her measured responses to Yanez, who had just fired shots into the auto and still had his gun out. Castile responded, "I'm not pulling it out", and Reynolds said, "He's not pulling it out".

"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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