USA officer cleared for fatal shooting of man

Alvin Kelly
June 27, 2017

Following Friday's verdict, demonstrators closed down Interstate 94 in St. Paul. A Minnesota police officer was cleared earlier Friday in the fatal sho.

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After the verdict, Castile's mother, Valerie told the media, "There has always been a systemic problem in the state of Minnesota, and me thinking, common sense that we would get justice". Closing arguments are set for Monday, Ju. When Kauser said, "I don't know what (Castile) was reaching for", Paulsen replied, "Exactly". He also said he feared for his life after Castile began pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so.

Castile family members crying as they exit the Ramsey Co. All six Baltimore officers charged over the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, due to spinal cord injuries suffered in the back of a police van, were eventually cleared. And Yanez said he feared for his life.

"We struggled with it". I struggled with it. The rest are white. The officer's defense team also argued Castile was high on marijuana, which affected his actions.

"He's licensed to carry". Castile had a permit.

Despite being cleared, Officer Yanez has been relieved of his duties. The dashcam video has not been made public, pending the outcome of the case. Prosecutor John Choi said the acquittal was painful, but that the verdict "must be respected".

“I dont doubt that Officer Yanez is a decent person, but he made a frightful mistake from our perspective, and thats what this case was about. "It gave us just a little hope that we might see a little justice", she said, "but that's not what we got". "My son loved this city, and the city killed my son and the murderer gets away".

"I have given Officer Yanez every benefit of the doubt on his use of deadly force, but I can not allow the death of a motorist who was lawfully carrying a firearm under these facts and circumstances to go unaccounted for", Choi told reporters.

"He didn't deserve to die the way he did", Philando Castile's sister, Allysza, said. "I will never have faith in the system".

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If testimony from one figure is re-read, it's nearly like they're testifying again, said Marsh Halberg, a defense attorney not connected to the case.

Kelly says the team was confident in their case and in Yanez, and felt his conduct was justified. Shortly after the verdict, the city announced Yanez would not be returning to its force.

After the rally, police said roughly 2,000 people marched peacefully down streets in the capital St Paul, at times blocking traffic at intersections and then on Interstate 94, a major highway.

The verdict also tells blacks that "the Second Amendment does not apply to them" because Castile "was honest with the officer about having a weapon in the vehicle, and there is no evidence that he attempted to or meant to use the weapon against the officer", the Louisiana Democrat said. 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 vehicle.

Mel Reeves, a community activist, told CNN outside the courthouse that Castile was killed by "the system".

The trial of Yanez began during the last week of May, with prosecutors maintaining that Yanez failed to use correct protocol, such as ordering Castile to put his hands on the steering wheel after being informed the motorist was carrying a permitted gun, and then panicked when he thought Castile was reaching for it.

The Castile family, friends, and attorney, Glenda Hatchett had strong words of disapproval for the turnout of the trial which acquitted Jeronimo Yanez of all charges against him.

Yanez faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the second-degree manslaughter charge, though sentencing guidelines suggest around four years is more likely.

Associated Press Writer Corey Williams in Detroit contributed to this story.

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