Minnesota police officer acquitted in shooting of black motorist

Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop previous year, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter Friday.St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez, who testified that he feared for his life when he fatally shot Philando Castile last July, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter.- Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, said she is “incredibly disappointed” with the jury’s not guilty verdict in the trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez. After the verdict was read, Castile’s family wept and left the courtroom.It was the first time in Minnesota history a police officer had been charged with fatally shooting a citizen.The jury delivered its verdict after 27 hours of deliberation. Philando Castile was replying “I’m not pulling it out” as Yanez fired, the AP said. They argued that Castile was reaching for his wallet. After Castile told the officer he had the gun, Yanez told Castile, “OK, don’t reach for it then”, and, “Don’t pull it out”. The 32-year-old school cafeteria worker was shot seconds after he informed Yanez he was carrying a gun.February 8: Attorneys for Yanez say in court documents that Castile’s gun was accessible and that he was reaching for it when he was killed.At one of these protests taking place a day after Castile was shot, a lone attacker in Dallas opened fire on police officers, killing five and wounding several others in the deadliest single day for law enforcement since the September 11, 2001 attacks.As Castile bled to death in the vehicle and a young child in the back seat attempted to comfort her mother, the video showed Yanez with his gun drawn, yelling.During the trial, Yanez argued that he fired into the auto because he thought Castile was going for his registered gun. With Castile’s hand on his gun, Yanez said he had to act.”The system in this country continues to fail black people and will continue to fail us”, she added.Castile was killed the night of July 6, 2016 during a traffic stop in the community of Falcon Heights, Minn.What is indisputable is that Yanez approached the window of Castile’s auto, had a brief verbal interaction, then fired seven shots in a matter of seconds, fatally wounding Castile with two shots to the heart.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. Prosecutors made Yanez out to be a trigger-happy police officer who was losing control during the traffic stop. “Did they just say, ‘Oh, it’s Friday and I want to go home?’ This was not justice at all”.However, Earl Gray, Yanez’s attorney claims that his client “did what he had to do”.Ms Reynolds explains in the video that he was reaching for his ID in his back pocket.