Another police shooting acquittal worries black gun owners


For a third day, people protesting the acquittal of St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez took to the streets, this time in the city where the officer worked. An estimated 500 protesters snarled traffic and forced police to shut down the freeway in both directions, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

Thousands of people took to the streets Friday to protest the not guilty verdict in the Philando Castile killing trial.

"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", Choi said, according to the Associated Press (AP).

The 32-year-old deceased's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds live streamed Castile's shooting after his vehicle was pulled up during a traffic stop July 6, 2016. His death captured national attention when his girlfriend, who was in the auto with her young daughter, streamed the aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook. "When they get done with us, they coming for you, for you, for you and all your interracial children". He says the jury sympathizes with Castile's family.

In addition to the second-degree manslaughter charge, Yanez was also acquitted of two lesser charges of endangering the safety of Castile's girlfriend and young daughter, who were in the auto when Castile was shot and killed.

There is shouting, and Yanez screams, "Don't pull it out!" before he fires seven shots into the auto, five of which hit Castile. She says that Castile never made any motions that would have or should have caused the officer to fear for his safety. On Friday, a jury acquitted the Minnesota police officer who killed him. St. Paul police put the number of peaceful protestors in the streets and at the Capitol at about 2,000.

"He loved her and he cared for her just like his own, just as well as he cared for all 500 of those kids at J.J. Hill", she said.

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Another demonstrator said, "This was a case where we thought we would really get some justice, and it turns out we can't".

"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. I'm mad as hell right now, yes I am".

July 8: Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he'll decide later whether he or a grand jury will decide on any charges against Yanez.

The world learned of Philando Castile's death through a Facebook livestream launched by his girlfriend seconds after he was shot by a Minnesota police officer.

Yanez was sacked from the police force following the verdict on Friday.

Shorting after the verdict, the City of St. Anthony announced that Yanez "will not return to active duty" despite his acquittal.

"This is a tragedy that impacts many people and lives in our community were forever changed", St. Paul Public Schools said in a statement.