18 protesters arrested after Philando Castile court decision

Olive Rios
June 19, 2017

Supporters of Philando Castile hold a portrait of Castile as they march along University Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., leaving a vigil at the state Capitol on Friday, June 16, 2017.

Castile had a license to carry a gun, but he hadn't told the officer that before the shooting took place.

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Judge Glenda Hatchett was hugged by Philando Castile supporter Guthrie Morgan, 7, after Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty on all counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile, Friday, June 16, 2017 in St. Pa.

(David Joles/Star Tribune via AP, File). / When your troops stop shootin n--s down in the street...,"says Tupac Amaru Shakur ("I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto") whose 46th birthday was on Friday, June 16, 2017, when the unjust verdict was reached". Closing arguments are set for Monday, Ju. A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motori.

The incident drew worldwide condemnation when Castile's girlfriend live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook.

On the squad-car video, Castile can be heard saying, "I'm not pulling it out", as Yanez opened fire.

Yanez, 29, on Friday was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of intentional discharge of a unsafe weapon.

Friday's acquittal prompted swearing from Castile's family members. The terms of the agreement were yet to be negotiated, but Yanez would not return to active duty, the statement said. Activists working to end police violence said they were shocked that the gruesome visibility of his death, which sparked weeks of nationwide protests, did not result in a different outcome for the officer.

Castile said her son would never jeopardize someone's life, especially with his girlfriend and her child in the vehicle at the time.

Juror Dennis Ploussard said the jury favored acquittal early in the week by a 10-2 margin. I struggled with it. Jeronimo later said that he thought Philando was going for his gun.

Organizers said they are planning on having speakers at the event. The rest of the jurors were white. He said the jury sympathizes with the Castile family.

- The family of Philando Castile left the courthouse with angry tears, and a grief as fresh as a year ago, when Officer Jeronimo Yanez killed Castile in a hail of seven bullets. Officers may have had previous encounters with people carrying guns illegally - especially young black men.

There were also protests last July after the shooting. He testified that when he told a supervisor he didn't know where it was, he meant only at first.

"I don't doubt that Officer Yanez is a decent person, but he made a frightful mistake from our perspective, and that's what this case was about". "I will never have faith in the system".

Defense attorney Earl Gray hugged Yanez's wife and mother shortly after the verdict was read. We felt all along his conduct was justified.

The protesters gathered at the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul, holding "Black Lives Matter" signs and chanting "No Justice, No Peace!"

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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