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Minnesota Officer Who Killed Philando Castile Found Not Guilty

Minnesota Officer Who Killed Philando Castile Found Not Guiltyā€¯

At the front of the protest was Castile's family and his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, crying as she held up a "Black Lives Matter" t-shirt-Reynolds, along with her 4-year-old daughter, witnessed a police officer shoot and kill Castile in his auto after he announced to the officer that he had a licensed gun in the glove compartment. Diamond Reynolds, Castile's girlfriend, and her 4-year-old daughter were in the auto when Yanez fired into the vehicle.

Jurors spent a lot of time dissecting the "culpable negligence" requirement for conviction, Ploussard said. The defence also argued Castile was high on marijuana and said that affected his actions. His statement made no mention of Yanez, but noted that "thousands" of police officers are "working to correct the injustices in our state".

The video shows that, in the moments before Castile died, a calm Reynolds tells him "stay with me", and then explains they had been pulled over for a broken tail light.

Castile was bleeding heavily in the Facebook video but managed to say he wasn't reaching for his gun, which he had a permit to carry. "Very hard", Ploussard said. When Kauser said, "I don't know what (Castile) was reaching for", Paulsen replied, "Exactly".

Castile was shot in the chest seven times during a traffic stop.

Yanez approached the auto window and asked Castile for his license and proof of insurance, which the driver handed over, the complaint states.

- A Minnesota police officer, whose fatal shooting of a black motorist transfixed the nation when his girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath, was acquitted of all charges Friday.

He was also accused of endangering Castile's girlfriend and her then 4-year-old daughter by firing his gun into the auto as they sat next to Castile.

Family members weren't the only ones left struggling with the verdict, and a sense that justice was not served.

Following the verdict, Yanez was sacked by the police department.

A jury of 12 jurors, two of them black, made a decision to clear Yanez of his manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm charges.

But Ramsey County District Court Judge William H. Leary III denied the request without elaborating, saying the reasons aren't "important to share right now".

"If someone were just about to reach in their pocket and pull out a gun and shoot an officer, that's the last thing they would say", Paulsen said. There is shouting, and Yanez screams, "Don't pull it out!" before he fires seven shots into the auto, five of which hit Castile. Prosecutors argue he overreacted to a man who wasn't a threat. A day earlier, an officer in Baton Rouge shot and killed Alton Sterling, another encounter captured on a video that quickly went viral.

Daly and Tamburino could not recall a case where testimony was reread to jurors after deliberations began. "Because if the government can take your life and no one is held responsible, you are a second-class citizen, if not fully dehumanized in the eyes of the law". But defense attorneys called their own witnesses to back up Yanez's claim that he saw Castile pulling the gun and that Yanez was right to shoot.



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