Officer in Minnesota cleared, fired from job

"You are supposed to be happy, not crying", he was overheard saying to Yanez's mother.

"I said in July when I first stood before you that this case would mark a turning point in this nation".

People protest in support of Philando Castile on the capitol steps after a jury found St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Castile, in St. Paul, Minn., June 16, 2017.

Conviction on the manslaughter charge requires the jury to find Yanez guilty of "culpable negligence", which the judge described in jury instructions as gross negligence with an element of recklessness. According to police estimates, about 2,000 people gathered for the peaceful demonstrations.

The two holdouts were not the only black members on the jury, Ploussard told the Associated Press. "They really failed us again, because my brother is a good man". There is shouting, and Yanez screams, "Don't pull it out!" before he fires seven shots into the auto, five of which hit Castile. Before Castile completed the sentence, Yanez interrupted and replied, "Okay" and placed his right hand on the holster of his gun.

Yanez, who is Latino, testified he stopped Castile in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb, because he thought Castile resembled someone who had robbed a nearby store several days earlier.

Authorities later confirmed that Castile was licensed to carry. The AP reported, citing prosecutors, Castile's last words were: "I wasn't reaching for it". Yanez told Castile to leave his weapon alone.

Rosario Dawson and Megan Mullally are among the outraged stars venting their frustrations on social media after the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile in July, 2016, was acquitted by a jury.

Glenda Hatchett, a lawyer who represented Valerie Castile, said her son had suffered a "tragic, tragic needless death". "I hope he dies tonight".

Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile during a traffic stop while his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her child were both in the auto. He was faced two lesser counts of endangering Reynolds and her daughter for opening fire into the auto.

The defense said Yanez strategically aimed his weapon down and to the left to protect the passengers from harm. The black motorist's death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook.

After five days of deliberation, Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty on all counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile. It was played repeatedly throughout the trial. Afterward, one of his attorneys, Tom Kelly, said the defence was “satisfied.”.

January 4: Ramsey County District Court Judge William Leary III, who is white, is assigned to preside over Yanez's manslaughter trial. Get his license, and don't reach for his gun.

"It is a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman".

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.

Shortly after the verdict, the City of St. Anthony said Yanez would not return to active duty and that it was negotiating a "voluntary separation agreement" with him.

Coleman asked for restraint on the part of those angry with the verdict. An estimated 500 protesters snarled traffic and forced police to shut down the freeway in both directions, the Minnesota State Patrol said. "We're just here. We're just going through this human experience".

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