Another police shooting acquittal worries black gun owners

Outraged family, friends, and attorneys on Philando Castile's behalf shared sentiments of anger, grief, and disbelief at the outcome, the verdict of which resulted in St. Paul policeman Jeronimo Yanez being acquitted of charges against him for the shooting and killing of Castile. "But nevertheless the system continues to fail black people", she said. Yanez was immediately pushed to resign from the St. Paul Police Department via a voluntary separation agreement. The immediate aftermath of Castile's shooting was captured on video recorded by Reynolds and broadcast on Facebook Live.

This will be a sad July 4th for Philando Castile's family and his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds.

At least 18 people have been arrested in the United States city of St Paul during a mass protest that erupted following the acquittal of a police officer who shot and killed an African American man.

An attorney for Yanez, Earl Gray, praised the verdict.

Jeronimo Yanez, 29, was found not guilty of all three charges he faced in the death of 32-year-old Philando Castile: Second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of intentional discharge of a unsafe weapon for endangering the safety of Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter. / 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, the son of a Mexican immigrant, testified during the trial in Ramsey County District Court that he feared for his life after Castile began reaching for a firearm that Castile had disclosed he had in his possession.

After the shooting, then-US President Barack Obama described as tragedies the deaths of Castile and of 37-year-old Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - the second black man slain during an altercation with police in two days. I thought I was going to die.

A jury acquitted Yanez Friday, clearing him of a manslaughter charge as well as two lesser charges. "Yanez previously testified he had stopped Castile because the driver resembled a suspect in a local convenience store robbery days earlier", MPR reported. The officer asked Castile not to pull out the handgun.

During the stop, the former cafeteria worker informed Yanez that he was carrying a gun just moments before he was shot.

"Seventy-four seconds after Yanez activated his squad lights, he fired the last of seven shots into the auto", Minnesota Public Radio's Matt Sepic reported. "It's a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman", Reynolds said. Yanez said he feared for his life.

After shooting Castile, Yanez is heard on the squad vehicle video telling a supervisor that he didn't know where Castile's gun was, then that he told Castile to get his hand off it. Yanez testified that he meant that he didn't see the gun at first, then saw it in Castile's "right thigh area".

Vanessa Coleman

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