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Black Gun Owners Not Happy With Jury Clearing Officer In Castile Case

The jury cleared the policeman of second degree manslaughter and two counts of felony of intentional discharge of a risky weapon for endangering the safety of Ms Reynolds and her four-year-old daughter.”I will continue to say murder because where in this planet do you tell the truth and you be honest and you still be murdered by the police of Minnesota?”.”The system in this country continues to fail black people and will continue to fail us”, she added.”If we don’t get no justice, they don’t get no peace”, marchers chanted, later blocking commuter trains and chanting “Yanez guilty”.Prosecutors said Yanez was not justified in firing his gun, saying that Castile was courteous and non-threatening.Castile was one of 1,092 people killed by police in 2016, Teresa Nelson, interim executive direction of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota said.The shooting gained national attention after the graphic video of the bloodied Castile – taken by his girlfriend Goldie Taylor inside the auto moments after he was shot – was posted on YouTube.The fatal July encounter between Castile and Jeronimo Yanez was broadcast by Castile’s partner, Diamond Reynolds, on Facebook Live. Yanez, who is Latino, testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so.The officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was charged with second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety by discharging a firearm in the shooting. “The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer”.On Friday night, after the verdict was announced, there were 18 arrests of people police said ignored warnings to leave Interstate 94 in St. Paul.Sherrilyn Ifill, who heads the legal defense fund at the African-American civil rights group NAACP, said the acquittal, “highlights how hard it is to prosecute an officer for killing a person”. She shared the video - graphic, bloody, and tragic - on Facebook, and it quickly went viral.According to Columbus Police, four of the officers were injured while attempting to move the protestors.”I don’t doubt that Officer Yanez is a decent person, but he made a disgusting mistake from our perspective, and that’s what this case was about”.Tiffani Nielson said in a news release Saturday that officers began arresting protesters at 12:30 a.m. after issuing three warnings for them to get off of Interstate 94 in St. Paul. Another admitted, “I never got to meet him”.Thousands marched in protest over officer Jeronimo Yanez’s not guilty verdict.”What do we mean when we say we want justice?” Reynolds said he was reaching for his wallet.Yanez claimed that he feared for his life - that he believed Castile was, in that moment, reaching for his gun - while Reynolds maintains Castile was only taking out his I.D. Castile, a 32-year-old cafeteria supervisor, had a permit for the gun and alerted Yanez to the fact that he had a firearm on his person.