Hundreds protest after officer acquitted in Philando Castile shooting

Hundreds protest after officer acquitted in Philando Castile shooting

Hundreds protest after officer acquitted in Philando Castile shooting

Jurors deliberated for almost 29 hours before reaching a verdict in the case of Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop last summer.

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat who represents the district where Castile was shot and Yanez was tried, said the legal matter may be concluded but work must continue.

Castile told the officer he had a gun on him, which was not visible, and Yanez shot the driver five times, while his girlfriend's four-year-old daughter watched from the back seat. Philando Castile was killed during a traffic stop, and his girlfriend live streamed the moments after on Facebook Live. That's exactly what the jurors in the trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez have decided today by issuing their not guilty verdict.

After the verdict was announced, the victim's mother, Valerie Castile, who had been a fixture at the trial, told reporters: "The system continues to fail black people". "My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away". Flowers piled up and a handwritten sign said, "I will miss you". Kelly says Yanez thought Castile looked like "a possible match" for a suspect in a recent armed robbery.

Yanez proceeded to tell him not to reach for it, to which Castile replied that he wasn't.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez is charged with manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile.

Shortly after hearing the verdict, a handful of Castille's family members started screaming profanities and crying. The officer fatally shot Castile after pulling him over for a broken taillight outside St. Paul past year.

"I don't doubt that Officer Yanez is a decent person, but he made a disgusting mistake from our perspective, and that's what this case was about".

Katy Perry Hits 100 Million Followers, a Twitter First
In a recent interview, she revealed that she's happy with her new image, describing her previous persona as the "old Katy Perry ". Katy Perry has become the first person to reach 100 million followers on Twitter, Entertainment Weekly reported Friday.

DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: Well, Ari, there was an audible and angry outburst in the courtroom from Castile's mother, Valerie Castile.

On the squad-car video, Castile can be heard saying, "I'm not pulling it out", as Yanez opened fire.

Gov. Mark Dayton (D), who ordered an investigation into the incident, said in a statement following Yanez's acquittal that activists and police working together "can make the changes necessary to secure both safety and justice" in the state. The defense also said that Castile was high on marijuana at the time of the shooting, which affected his judgment.

Castile was shot in Falcon Heights, a suburb near St. Paul.

Despite no expression of hostility from Castile, despite no sudden movements, despite a clear explanation Castile was reaching for his wallet, Yanez jumped to the conclusion that this man, a black man, was reaching for a weapon, not his wallet. Castile, who was carrying a legal firearm and informed the officer of this, was shot after requesting permission to reach for his identification.

Squad-car video played for the jury shows a wide view of the traffic stop and the shooting, with the camera pointed toward Castile's auto.

"He did nothing but comply with Officer Yanez's instructions to get his driver's license".

After the rally, police said roughly 2,000 people marched peacefully down streets in St. Paul, at times blocking traffic at intersections and then on Interstate 94, a major highway.

Related news