Department Fires Officer Same Day He's Cleared Of Manslaughter Charges


Yanez was also charged with two felony counts of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety for firing his weapon with Reynolds and her four-year-old daughter also in the auto.

People gather in November 2016 at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School, where Philando Castile worked, in St. Paul, Minn., after charges were filed against St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez. Yanez said he pulled Castile over because of a broken tail light on his auto, 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.

During his testimony, Yanez reiterated what he told investigators who probed the shooting, saying he thought his life was in danger at the time. Shortly thereafter, Yanez opened fire.

Trump had yet to comment on the Castile verdict, where Yanez was acquitted of second-degree manslaughter among other charges, as of early Friday evening.

Mr Castile had a permit for the weapon and prosecutors questioned whether Mr Yanez ever saw the gun.

During the Facebook live stream, Reynolds said, "police just shot my boyfriend for no apparent reason".

Mark Dayton is offering condolences to the family of a black motorist who was killed by a police officer previous year after the officer was acquitted of manslaughter.

"I will continue to say "murdered" because where in this planet do you tell the truth and you be honest and you still be murdered by the police of Minnesota while you have your seatbelt on and you're in the company of a woman and a child?"

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Supporters of the family planned a 7 p.m. CDT rally at the Capitol. "[Yanez] sees the gun and [Castile] doesn't follow orders". She was praised for her split-second decision to stream the shooting's aftermath and her measured responses to Yanez, who had just fired shots into the vehicle and still had his gun out.

Yanez reportedly stopped Castile because he fit the racial profile of a robbery suspect who had a "wide nose", as reported by the Washington Post.

Yanez, who is Latino, testified that Castile disregarded his commands not to pull out the gun and that he feared for his life.

Yanez was the first police officer in modern Minnesota history to be charged in an on-duty shooting.

Judge William Leary told jurors Friday that he was denying the request.

After the verdict, Castile's mother Valerie was quoted by The New York Times saying, "My son loved this city, and this city killed my son".

"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", according to the city's statement. "This time we had a young man who had no criminal record", she said. Once outside the courtroom, Valerie told the media that she was extremely disappointed in the state of Minnesota.

Prosecutors insist Yanez never saw a gun and had plenty of options short of shooting Castile.