Minnesota Police Officer Found Not Guilty In Shooting Death Of Philando Castile

By | June 16, 2017

After five days of deliberations, a jury has found a Minnesota police officer not guilty on all counts over his deadly shooting of a black man during a traffic stop last July in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minn.

Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker, was driving with his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter when they were pulled over by St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez.

“Seventy-four seconds after Yanez activated his squad lights, he fired the last of seven shots into the car,” Minnesota Public Radio’s Matt Sepic reported.

Yanez was charged last November with one count of felony second-degree manslaughter in Castile’s death. He also faced two felony counts of intentional discharge of a dangerous weapon over allegedly endangering Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her daughter. He pleaded not guilty. (NPR)

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