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Another police shooting acquittal worries black gun owners

Castile’s family reacted angrily to the verdict.(Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP).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. These two decisions create an atmosphere where police violence is sanctioned based on what we think a hypothetical officer could have felt, even if, in reality, the officer was acting recklessly, had ill motives or was acting based on implicit bias. Since the verdict, thousands of protesters have gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota to peacefully express their shock and disgust over the results of the trial. We hope they will be held and met with the same restraint that was shown on Friday in St. Paul.During a traffic stop last July, with his hands raised, Philando Castille told the officer he had a gun with a permit, but the officer continued to pull out his gun and fatally shot Castille. “It’s a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman”, Reynolds said.Castile’s fatal shooting was among several cases around the USA previous year where law enforcement officers were found to have killed blacks.November 16: Prosecutors announce that Yanez has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in Castile’s shooting. Hundreds blocked the I-94 freeway a year ago after Castile’s death was first reported.Yanez told Castile, “OK, don’t reach for it then” and “Don’t pull it out”. But a charge is not a conviction, and those grieving Castille’s death would be waiting nearly a year to find out if Yanez would actually be found guilty for the killing. Prosecutors said Castile’s last words were, “I wasn’t reaching for it”. Police say 21 officers were hurt, none seriously.The verdict also tells blacks that “the Second Amendment does not apply to them” because Castile “was honest with the officer about having a weapon in the vehicle, and there is no evidence that he attempted to or meant to use the weapon against the officer”, the Louisiana Democrat said. Yanez was also cleared of lesser counts related to endangering Reynolds and her daughter for firing his gun into the vehicle near them. They were booked at Ramsey County Jail, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. It was widely reported at the time of #Philando Castile’s death that he informed the officer that he was, in fact, licensed to carry a gun and had one in the glove compartment.The ACLU also spoke out, saying that the acquittal is “part of a disturbing national pattern of officers using excessive force against people of color, often during routine encounters”. Two of the 12-member jury were black.Much of the incident, in which Castile, 32, was shot in his auto, was streamed live on social media.Castile called Yanez a “murderer” and said she was “mad as hell” about the verdict, which, if anything, seems like an understatement.By around 10:30 p.m., a large crowd of protesters broke off from the march and took to Interstate 94, blocking traffic on a downtown stretch for more than an hour.