Castile protesters march in Minnesota city where acquitted officer worked


Supporters of Philando Castile hold a portrait of Castile as they march along University Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., leaving a vigil at the state Capitol on Friday, June 16, 2017.

After five days of deliberations, the jury found Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of all counts in the July 2016 shooting of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul.

The video shows the situation escalated quickly, with Yanez shooting Castile just seconds after Castile volunteered, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me". Yanez said he pulled Castile over because of a broken tail light on his vehicle, but radio transmissions later revealed that the officer thought Castile resembled a suspect in the robbery of the Super USA convenience store just days earlier. "Are you kidding me right now?" "My son loved this city, and this city killed my son", Valeria also remarked.

Castile's death was one of multiple police-related deaths involving black people that has triggered widespread racial discontent in the United States.

Squad-car video played for the jury shows a wide view of the traffic stop and the shooting, with the camera pointed toward Castile's auto.

During the trial, Yanez argued that he fired into the auto because he thought Castile was going for his registered gun.

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"When an officers learns a black person is carrying legally, "they are not necessarily going to relax, but they now have an idea about your character", Ector said".

"The City of St. Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city", it said in a statement. He said they spent a lot of time dissecting the "culpable negligence" requirement for conviction, and the two holdouts eventually agreed Friday on acquittal. Five of those bullets hit him. Castile's girlfirend, Diamond Reynolds, was in the auto at the time and began live-streaming the event in the moments after the shots were fired.

Family and friends of Valerie Castile and Philando Castile walked out of the courthouse in shock after Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty on all counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile, Friday, June 16, 2017 in St. Paul, Minn.

"As people across our city, country and country react to the jury's verdict", he said, "I urge each of us to move forward in a way that is peaceful and respectful of everyone - residents, demonstrators and police officers alike".

United States police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been acquitted over the shooting of a black motorist.

The City of St. Anthony fired Yanez Friday afternoon. Dayton, a Democrat, drew criticism in the days after the shooting for suggesting that Castile might not have been shot if he was white.

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Last summer, another demonstration on I-94 in response to Castile's shooting led to over 100 arrests or citations after protesters threw rocks, bricks, bottles and fireworks at police.

Yanez said in court that "he was forced to shoot Castile because the driver was not complying with the officer's commands and was reaching for a gun".

July 9: Attorney Thomas Kelly says Yanez was reacting to the presence of the gun when he opened fire on Castile.

And Castile's family is calling for something to be done.

"He is the driving force in me to make sure this doesn't happen to another mother", she has said.

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