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Protesters march for Philando on Father’s Day

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. He was faced two lesser counts of endangering Reynolds and her daughter for opening fire into the vehicle.People took to Twitter to express outrage over Friday’s acquittal verdict in the fatal shooting of black man Philando Castile in Minnesota.”People are waking up, even the older generation, those who felt like “No, we overcame” – now they see we didn’t overcome”, she said. His death captured national attention when his girlfriend, who was in the auto with her young daughter, streamed the aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook.Protestors marched from the state capitol in St. Paul and, as they did a year ago, about 500 marched down the ramps onto Interstate 94, blocking traffic on the busiest traffic connection between the Twin Cities. And his mother, Valerie, has important things to say about this verdict.”He didn’t deserve to die the way he did”, Philando Castile’s sister, Allysza, said, through tears.”As soon as you say, ‘I’m a concealed carry holder”.Ms Reynolds, whose video showed 32-year-old Mr Castile covered in blood as an officer pointed his gun at him, said he had been reaching for his licence when he was shot. However, before Castile could complete his sentence, Yanez pulled out his gun and said: “Don’t pull it out”.Police say they got a report that the parade route was being blocked and officers arrived on bicycles.City officials in St. Anthony said they would offer Yanez a “voluntary separation” because they had concluded “the public will be best served” if he is no longer an officer there.About 150 people gathered in a Minneapolis park for a rally and downtown march in response to the acquittal of a police officer who shot and killed a black driver, a muted response compared to protests one night earlier.Minnesota State Patrol said it arrested 18 protesters following demonstrations on Interstate 94 in St. Paul.This will be a sad July 4th for Philando Castile’s family and his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds. “He wore a shirt and tie to his supervisor interview and said his goal was to one day ‘sit on the other side of this table'”. “I know that if he could, he would take back what he did, and we all wish, and he would too, that this never happened”, Choi said.Reynolds pulled out her cellphone and began live-streaming the shooting’s aftermath on Facebook as Castile bled to death.Prosecutors said Yanez was not justified in firing his gun, saying that Castile was courteous and non-threatening.Yanez, who is Latino, pulled Castile over for a broken tail light July 6 in Falcon Heights, after alerting his police partner in another squad vehicle that Castile resembled one of the suspects in a recent armed robbery, due to his “wide-set nose”.”I’m sure he’s looking down, and that’s the symbol of the wings”, Iman said.