Friday, 18 August, 2017

Arrests follow protest against Philando Castile verdict

Castile trial had video evidence _ but not of key seconds Even the black jurors in the Philando Castile case were in favor of acquitting cop
Craig Ferguson | 19 June, 2017, 05:09

Castile, 32, a school cafeteria supervisor, was shot five times by the officer, Jeronimo Yanez, 29, on July 6 previous year while following instructions to retrieve his driving licence.

News of a Minnesota jury's acquittal Friday of Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the fatal shooting of African-American Philando Castile during a 2016 traffic stop sparked immediate protest throughout the state capital, St. Paul, and across social media.

Much of the incident, in which Castile, 32, was shot in his vehicle, was streamed live on social media. We are sure there will be more protests in the days ahead.

Protester Maya yells at law enforcement officers during a protest after the verdict. Yes, I am. My first-born son died. Yet in most cases, the officers and police departments are not held accountable.

She said she believes the public will be shocked when they see the dashcam video of the shooting.

Minnesota State Patrol officers arrest protesters during a gathering after the verdict.

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.

Many people chanted in unison "stand up, fight back" and "if we don't get no justice, they don't get no peace".

Protesters also blocked trains at one point and chanted "Yanez guilty".

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Questioned by his defense attorney during the trial, Yanez said: "I was scared to death".

"Justice was done", Gray told Reuters by telephone.

"It sends a very harsh message that we still have major race issues in this country". "He was just doing his job".

Following Friday's verdict, demonstrators closed down Interstate 94 in St. Paul. Reynolds then live streamed the aftermath. "God help America", Reynolds said in a statement Friday.

Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was fatally shot by a white officer, Darren Wilson, in August 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

Yanez was also cleared of two lesser charges of endangering Castile's girlfriend Lavish Reynolds and her daughter. The video showed blood oozing through Castile's shirt as he appeared to lose consciousness.

"As soon as you say, 'I'm a concealed carry holder". Mr. Yanez's defense argued that the officer 'did what he had to do, ' claiming that Mr. Castile had marijuana in his auto and that 'he was stoned, ' a too-common rationalization in police killings, and an allegation that would appear in this case to be contradicted by dashboard video showing Mr. Castile to be compliant, alert and courteous.

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".

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