Minnesota officer to appear in court in fatal shooting

Starting about 40 seconds after the shooting, Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was sitting in the vehicle's passenger seat, streamed images of a bloody Castile on Facebook live, and the recording went viral on social media.

"No reasonable officer - knowing, seeing and hearing what Officer Yanez did at the time - would have used deadly force under these circumstances", the Ramsey County attorney, John J. Choi, said.

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

Castile, a school cafeteria supervisor, was racially profiled his family alleged.

While the evidence shows that Castile was calm and complying to Yanez's requests, it didnt stop the officer for taking the man's life.

Speaking of her daughter, Reynolds said that her 4-year-old is "amazing and full of life".

Castile says the charge against officer Jeronimo Yanez is the strongest the family could have hoped for under Minnesota law. He said Castile's hand took a C-shape, "like putting my hand up to the butt of the gun". Yanez told investigators he thought Castile was reaching for him gun. The next footage showed the officer screaming, pulling his gun and firing at the victim.

A Minnesota prosecutor says the police officer who shot and killed a black motorist in suburban St. Paul in July had no good reason to use deadly force.

The footage was not publicly released, because it was evidence in the ongoing case, Choi said.

At the hospital, Castile's wallet contained a driver's license and his permit to carry a pistol.

But Choi noted at the news conference that Yanez told other officers immediately after the shooting that he didn't know where Castile's gun was.

Yanez, 28, is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday. He also faces up to five years for each of the weapons charges. The complaint states that Kauser did not touch or remove his gun and said he was surprised when Yanez opened fire. The group said they would continue to advocate for justice until the case is resolved.

According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Yanez was placed on administrative leave, briefly put back on desk duty with the police department, then put on administrative leave again.

"I was anxious that charges were not going to be brought against him just because of the simple fact that he is a police officer", she said. No one can speak for Officer Yanez as to what he actually encountered and what he feared that evening. We expect that Officer Yanez will enter a plea of Not Guilty and will fully litigate every issue within the case in a court of law.

Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, speaks during a press conference on November 16, 2016, in Minneapolis. Demonstrators camped outside the Minnesota Governor's Mansion for weeks.

Glenda Hatchett, the Castile family attorney called the decision to prosecute "historic" noting that it sends an "important signal" to the country.

"There have been cases that had video that resulted in either an acquittal or a hung jury, so sometimes the video may raise more questions", said Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Bowling Green State University who tracks fatal police shootings.

"Anybody who has a murder trial, a manslaughter trial, they get a bail, but he's out on his own recognizance", LeSure said.

Once again a prosecutor is attempting to criminally charge a police officer for the killing of a black man.

Officer Yanez warned him, "Don't pull it out".

The death of Castile came during a particularly fraught moment nationwide, one that saw a spate of shootings by and of police. Several days later, a gunman killed multiple police officers during a protest against police brutality in Dallas. At least 20 police officers were wounded and 50 arrested as demonstrators shut down a major highway.