Minnesota officer found not guilty of all charges in Philando Castile shooting
By Brian Seay
St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez (Photo: David Joles/Star Tribune)
The police officer who shot and killed a man during a traffic stop in Minnesota last summer was acquitted of all charges Friday, sparking thousands of people to protest through the streets of St. Paul.
The jury spent just 27 hours over five days deliberating before handing down a not guilty verdict for 29-year-old St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, according to the Star Tribune. He was facing one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm.
Yanez, a Mexican-American, shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile, who was black, last July during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. Castile told Yanez he was licensed to carry a firearm and then reached for his wallet. Yanez fired his weapon seven times at Castile. Five of those bullets hit him.
Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live. The video shows a frantic Yanez yelling and pointing his weapon at Castile, who sat slumped over and bloodied in the driver’s seat.
“He’s licensed to carry. He was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out of his pocket and he let