Protests over Minnesota police shooting result in 18 arrests on freeway


Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed the immediate aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.

Demonstrators gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol demanding justice for Castile and stronger accountability measures for police. Signs reading "Unite for Philando" and "Justice Not Served for Philando" could be seen; chants of "No justice, no peace, prosecute the police" were heard during the largely peaceful protest.

The protest was peaceful, but around 500 protesters later made their way onto Interstate 94 freeway and blocked traffic for more than an hour. Minnesota state police spokeswoman Tiffani Nielson confirmed on Saturday that police started arresting protestors at 12:30 am.

Castile's family reacted angrily to the verdict. My son loved this state, my son loved this city and this city killed my son'. "He got away with murder!"

"Like I said, because this happened with Philando, and when they get done with us, they are coming for you and all your interracial children". "But nevertheless the system continues to fail black people", she said.

Yanez, 29, shot Castile, 32, multiple times on July 6, 2016, seconds after the black motorist alerted the officer that he was carrying a gun, during the traffic stop.

"The jury's decision to acquit Officer Yanez does not negate the fact that Philando Castile's tragic death is part of a disturbing national pattern of officers using excessive force against people of color, often during routine encounters".

Mr Yanez, the son of a Mexican immigrant, testified during the trial in Ramsey County District Court that he feared for his life after Mr Castile began reaching for a firearm that the latter had disclosed he had in his possession. "It's a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman", Reynolds said.

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He potentially faces up to 20 years in prison for his crimes. "I've cried with them", the woman said. Despite the accusations, he has kept a steady stream of taunting and profane social media posts .

Franken also thanked Ramsey County Attorney John Choi for bringing charges in the case.

"I think our officers acted really, really well and within the confines of what Chief Axtell has laid out and that's the approach we're going to take", Coleman said.

The verdict was met with immediate outrage and a protest held at the state Capitol in St. Paul, before moving onto Interstate 94. "The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career".

In reaction to the verdict, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton offered his condolences to the Castile family, calling his death “a awful tragedy” in a statement that made no mention of Yanez.

Emotions are tense across the country after a jury acquitted an officer in a deadly shooting in Minnesota.

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". "Yes, I am", Castile's mother Valerie told a group of reporters. Prosecutors questioned whether Yanez had even seen it, and witnesses testified that it was in a pocket of Castiles shorts when paramedics pulled him from the auto. However, before Castile could complete his sentence, Yanez pulled out his gun and said: "Don't pull it out". Yanez was also cleared of lesser counts related to endangering Castiles girlfriend and her daughter for firing his gun into the vehicle near them.

Philando Castile was shot and killed by Yanez during a traffic stop in July of 2016 in Falcon Heights. Prosecutors insist Yanez never saw the gun and say he overreacted to a non-threat.