5 things for Thursday, November 17: Donald Trump, Philando Castile, Bob Dylan

  • 5 things for Thursday, November 17: Donald Trump, Philando Castile, Bob Dylan

5 things for Thursday, November 17: Donald Trump, Philando Castile, Bob Dylan

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi on Wednesday announced his decision to charge St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez with second-degree manslaughter in the July death of Philando Castile, who was 32 years old, in a traffic stop in Falcon Heights.

Castile's death was livestreamed on Facebook by his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, who was in the vehicle along with her four-year-old daughter when he was shot in Minnesota.

The complaint quotes Jeffrey J. Noble, an expert on police procedure retained by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, who said that "the totality of the circumstances indicate that Yanez's use of deadly force against Castile during the July 6 stop was not necessary, was objectively unreasonable and was inconsistent with generally accepted police practices".

Shortly after shooting the Castile, who was black, Diamond Reynolds, one of the passengers in the auto, streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live.

"To those of you may say this incident was Philando Castile's fault, I would submit that no reasonable officer - knowing, seeing and hearing what officer Yanez did at the time - would have used deadly force under these circumstances", Choi continued.

In the Minnesota case, Yanez was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter, which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence, and other counts.

Kelly did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment Wednesday.

"Based upon the evidence we believe that Castile never removed nor tried to remove his handgun from his front, right pocket", Choi said.

Police officers nearly never face charges for using deadly force.

In another case that prompted protests, police in Minneapolis fatally shot Jamar Clark, 25, on November 15, 2015.

Some of the video shot by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, could be relevant because it might provide context or back up witness statements, said Jeff Cramer, a former federal prosecutor and managing director of the Berkeley Research Group in Chicago.

Castile's death occurred in Falcon Heights, a suburb near both Minneapolis and St. Paul, the state capital, and involved Yanez and another officer, both belonging to the department in St. Anthony, a neighboring city. The report further states that Yanez told Castille not to reach for his weapon, to which Castille replied "I'm not pulling it out".

Choi said Castile's relatives were told on Tuesday night of the decision to pursue charges, and they praised the decision during a separate news conference on Wednesday. But Mr. Choi, the prosecutor, suggested a different narrative.

"We see this as a historic decision, a historic time", Hatchett said.

The fatal shootings of black men and boys by police officers have come under heightened scrutiny since the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Another defense attorney, Tom Kelly, has previously said Yanez reacted to the presence of a gun.

Prosecutors have been considering charges against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez. The shooting was one of the several deaths of men and boys who are black under the hands of police officers, and the death of Castile brought about protests in St. Paul, Minnesota. They say it's a fight they plan to continue. Jamar Clark was killed in Minneapolis a year ago.