Paul After Cop Who Killed Philando Castile Is Acquitted

  • Paul After Cop Who Killed Philando Castile Is Acquitted

Paul After Cop Who Killed Philando Castile Is Acquitted

July 26-27: Police arrest 69 protesters outside the governor's residence as officers clear out the blocked street in front of the mansion.

A large crowd of protesters gathered outside of the state Capitol after the verdict, eventually leaving to march down St. Paul's streets.

/ 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". Yanez shot him, claiming he feared Castile was reaching for his gun.

Reynolds pulled out her cellphone and began live-streaming the shooting's aftermath on Facebook as Castile bled to death.

Prosecutor John Choi, who made the decision to charge Yanez, said he knows the acquittal is painful for many people, but that the verdict "must be respected".

"The system continues to fail all black people", she said in a statement.

"I'm mad as hell right now, yes I am", shouted Castile.

While Leary didn't spell out the reasons for denying their request Friday to review Yanez's testimony, prominent Minnesota defense attorneys noted the jury's instructions when the trial began to listen carefully, take notes and rely on their memories. Reynolds, the girlfriend, said Castile had been trying to pull out his wallet.

"This is a tragedy that impacts many people and lives in our community were forever changed", St. Paul Public Schools said in a statement. Therefore, Friday night's large-scale protests in St. Paul were expected in the wake of the verdict.

Minnesota activists held a second rally against police violence Saturday following 18 arrests during a night of protests after a policeman was acquitted over the shooting of a black motorist. Reynolds said Castile told Yanz he had a permit to carry a handgun and was reaching for ID when he was shot. "This time we had to get it right", she said.

Another demonstrator said, "This was a case where we thought we would really get some justice, and it turns out we can't".

A jury acquitted Yanez Friday, clearing him of a manslaughter charge as well as two lesser charges.

On July 6, 2016, Castile was driving with his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter when they were pulled over by Yanez for a broken tail light in the suburban neighborhood of Falcon Heights in St. Paul, Minnesota.

But no video existed of exactly what happened inside the vehicle. Castile's taillight was out; Yanez also testified he thought Castile resembled a suspect in a recent convenience store robbery. One teacher testified at trial that Castile remembered which kids had allergies, and nudged students to finish their veggies.

On the squad-car video, Castile can be heard saying, "I'm not pulling it out", as Yanez opened fire. The prosecution, on the other hand, argued that Castile should not have shot Castile in any case.

Like Castile's mother, Holmes has also watched a video of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting her own son, Ronald Johnson, 25, during a chase in October 2014 in the Washington Park neighborhood.