Officer Who Shot Philando Castile Found Not Guilty

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter Friday.

Jeronimo Yanez was also acquitted of two counts of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety.
Castile's death garnered widespread attention after his girlfriend broadcast the shooting's aftermath on Facebook live.

Yanez testified he feared for his life because Castile reached for his firearm, despite being instructed not to do, during the stop last July.
In the Facebook video, Castile said he wasn't reaching for his gun, which he had a permit to carry.

His girlfriend said he was only reaching for his ID in his back pocket.

John Choi/Ramsey County attorney
This case has always been about the actions and inactions of Officer Yanez. This has never been an indictment of law enforcement as a whole...One person's mistakes do not mean that the profession is bad.

After the verdict, the city of Saint Anthony, Minnesota announced that Officer Yanez is no longer on the police force.

 


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