Protest Erupts Over Yanez Verdict; I-94 Blocked in St. Paul

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Protest Erupts Over Yanez Verdict; I-94 Blocked in St. Paul

After the verdict was announced, the city of St. Anthony in Minnesota announced that Yanez would no longer be employed as a police officer in the locality.

Sherrilyn Ifill, who heads the legal defense fund at the African-American civil rights group NAACP, said the acquittal, "highlights how hard it is to prosecute an officer for killing a person".

"The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all", Valerie Castile, Philando's mother, told reporters after the verdict.

"Like I said, because this happened with Philando, when they get done with us, they coming for you, for you, for you and all your interracial children", Castile said. "I will never have faith in the system". "The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer", the city said in a statement. The jury heard two weeks of testimony and spent about 27 hours deliberating.

The city of St Anthony police department said Yanez will not be returning to work in the city.

Licensed gun owner and open-carry advocate Rick Ector of Detroit said stereotypes can cloud the minds of some officers when dealing with black gun owners. He also accused Castile of being influenced by drugs. "He had one tattoo on his body, and it was of the Twin Cities", Castile said.

"We were confident in our client". We felt all along his conduct was justified. "He made a terrible mistake", Choi said after the verdict, referring to the officer. He was charged with manslaughter in the death last July of Philando Castile.

"I don't doubt that Officer Yanez is a decent person, but he made a awful mistake from our perspective, and that's what this case was about. 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. He says the jury sympathizes with Castile's family. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and 4-year-old daughter were also in the vehicle at the time.

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Protesters chanted "No justice, no peace, prosecute the police", "Hands up, don't shoot", and, later, "Yanez, guilty!".

In reaction to the verdict, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton offered his condolences to the Castile family, calling his death "a bad tragedy" in a statement that made no mention of Yanez. "I told him to get his hand off it", Yanez yells. While it captures what was said between the two men and shows Yanez firing into the vehicle, it does not show what happened inside the auto or what Yanez might have seen. Eventually, the two unconvinced came to agree to acquit Yanez.

“We struggled with it. I struggled with it.

He added: "We're very happy". Saint Paul Police escorted the crowd they estimated to be 2,000 people. The rest of the jurors were white.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on three counts, including second-degree manslaughter.

There was also video of the shooting captured from a camera mounted on the dashboard in Yanez's squad auto.

Castile was shot in Falcon Heights, a suburb near St. Paul. Castile appears to give something to Yanez through the driver's side window. But moments later Yanez fired seven shots while Castile was still buckled into his seat. The last words he spoke before expiring were, "I wasn't reaching for it".

Yanez, the son of a Mexican immigrant, testified during the trial in Ramsey County District Court that he feared for his life after Castile began reaching for a firearm that Castile had disclosed he had in his possession. They also asked Yanez if he had ever seen the suspect's gun.

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