In July 2016, Yanez shot Philando Castile, 32, at point blank range during a traffic stop in Minnesota capital, St. Paul.
Black gun owners have grown more concerned about their gun rights in light of police officer Jeronimo Yanez being cleared of shooting Philando Castile.
Yanez, 29, was charged with second-degree manslaughter – the first time a police officer had been charged with the death of a citizen in Minnesota.
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A United States court has acquitted a police officer who shot dead an unarmed black man which was broadcast by his girlfriend on Facebook.
A few hundred people gathered Friday evening at the nearby state Capitol to protest the verdict. The vigil was held after St. Antho. Prosecutors insist Yanez never saw the gun and say he overreacted to a non-threat. “But the next phase of this system – and our protesting – has to be economic”, she said.
“As soon as you say, ‘I’m a concealed carry holder”.
Yanez told the court he feared for his life when Castile put his hand on his pistol – not his wallet or identification papers, as Taylor told him at the time. Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, was acquitted Friday of manslaughter and two lesser charges. “Yes, I am”, Castile’s mother Valerie told a group of reporters.
Yanez proceeded to tell him not to reach for it, to which Castile replied that he wasn’t.
On the squad-car video, Castile can be heard saying, “I’m not pulling it out”, as Yanez opened fire. “I don’t know how to do that”, he said.
“This happened with Philando and when they get done they are coming for you and for you and all your interracial children, y’all are next”, Valerie Castile said after Friday’s verdict. He also faced two lesser counts of endangering Castile’s girlfriend and her then 4-year-old daughter for firing his gun into the vehicle near them.
“As people across our city, state and country react to the jury’s verdict, I urge each of us to move forward in a way that is peaceful and respectful of everyone – residents, demonstrators and police officers alike”.
The stop turned deadly seconds after Castile alerted the officer that he was carrying a gun.
Ploussard wouldn’t identify the two holdouts, but said they were not the jury’s only two black members. They considered it yet another example, among many, of police brutality against black men.
Like several similar cases, Castile’s death was shared worldwide on social media. Officers arrest more than 100 people.
One year ago, Philando Castile was shot to death in his vehicle by a police officer. The city settled Rice’s family’s lawsuit for $6 million. Her graphic video captures some of Philando’s last moments, all with the couple’s four-year-old daughter in the backseat. A grand jury declined to indict Wilson, and the Justice Department opted against civil rights charges.
The finding was in line with recent history showing trials of police officers often end in non-convictions – almost 40 percent of the time for those that Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, has tracked since 2005.
SC officer Michael Slager, who is white, shot black motorist Walter Scott in the back as he fled from a traffic stop.
They even managed to justify Tamir Rice’s murder – he pointed his gun, he shouldn’t have had it, they brought up his father’s criminal record – but you couldn’t justify Philando Castile’s murder because he did everything he was supposed to do.