Philando Castile shooting: Officer Yanez acquitted of manslaughter and dismissed from police force. This video is from the police car’s dash cam. It is raw and unedited.


Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been dismissed as a police officer after he was acquitted of manslaughter in the shooting death of black motorist Philando Castile.

The city of St. Anthony said Friday afternoon that the public “will be best served” if Yanez no longer works for the city.

The decision to dismiss Yanez came after he was found not guilty on all counts related to the incident.

He was also cleared of two lesser charges of endangering Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her daughter for firing his gun into the car near them.

The city plans to offer Yanez a “voluntary separation” so he can find another job, but will not return to active duty, according to the police force.

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Yanez pulled over 32-year-old Castile for a broken taillight in July 2016. The officer shot Castile five times after Castile said he was carrying a gun.

The shooting drew widespread attention, mainly because Castile’s girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook.

Yanez, who is Latino, “did what he had to do” when he shot Castile, a defense attorney argued during the trial. Yanez testified that he feared for his life after Castile refused to not pull out his gun, despite the officer’s commands.

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Prosecutors argued that Yanez never saw the gun, and that he overreacted to a non-threat.

The trial included squad-car video of the traffic stop between the two, but footage did not show what happened in Castile’s car, leaving it up to the jury to believe Yanez’s testimony.

After three white alternates were dismissed after closing arguments, the 12-member jury included two black and ten white people.


St.Paul, MN – Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has charged St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez with second-degree manslaughter in the July 6th shooting death of Philando Castile. Choi concluded the use of deadly force was not justified. Officer Yanez will make his first court appearance Friday morning.

Philando Castile, 32, was shot and killed by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights on July 6. The aftermath of the fatal shooting was broadcast on Facebook Live by his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was a passenger in Castile’s vehicle. In the video stream, Reynolds says they were pulled over for a broken tail light. She says Castile let Officer Yanez know he had a permit to carry a firearm, and that he was reaching for his ID and wallet when he was shot.


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Minnesota police may have pulled over Philando Castile on the night he died because they thought he resembled a robbery suspect because of his “wide-set nose,” audio from police dispatch indicates.

On July 6 around 9 p.m., two officers pulled over Castile for a broken taillight while he was driving in Falcon Heights, according to his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was in the car, along with her 4-year-old daughter. During the stop, one of the officers shot Castile several times.

St. Anthony police officers Jeronimo Yanez and Joseph Kauser were identified last week as the two officers involved, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

A black man has been shot dead by police in the US state of Minnesota as protests continued over the police killing of a black man in Louisiana.

Philando Castile’s girlfriend live-streamed the St Paul incident’s aftermath, showing him covered in blood as an officer pointed his gun at him.

He was shot as he reached for his driving licence, she said.

It follows the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by police during an incident in Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

Hundreds of people have protested for two nights over Mr Sterling’s killing.

The deaths follow a long line of high-profile incidents involving African-Americans at the hands of the police, igniting a national debate about the use of lethal force.

Mr Castile had been stopped in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St Paul, because the car had a broken rear light, the woman, identified in local media reports as Lavish Reynolds, said.

Before he was shot, he told the officer that he was licensed to carry a concealed gun and had one in his possession, she said.

“You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his licence and registration, sir,” Ms Reynolds says in the video.

A child, Ms Reynolds’s daughter, was also in the car at the time.

Police said an investigation was under way and the officer involved had been put on leave.

Mr Castile, 32, worked as a cafeteria supervisor at a Montessori school. His cousin Antonio Johnson told the Star Tribune newspaper he was “immediately criminally profiled” because he was black.

About 200 people have been protesting outside State Governor Mark Dayton’s mansion in St Paul.


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The aftermath of a police shooting in the US state of Minnesota appears to have been filmed by the victim’s girlfriend.

Philando Castile was shot while in his car, and his girlfriend broadcast a Facebook Live video-stream showing him covered in blood with a police officer pointing his gun at him.

Full transcript from 0’01”-1’54” of video

[At the start, the video shows the driver conscious, but bleeding heavily and moving his head slowly.]

Woman: “Stay with me…[addresses camera]. We got pulled over for a busted tail-light in the back…”

[camera pans to show what appears to be a police officer standing outside the car, pointing a gun at the driver]

Woman: “…and the police just…he, he’s covered – they killed my boyfriend. He’s licensed, he’s licensed to carry.

[man’s voice heard groaning loudly]

“He was trying to get out his ID in his wallet out of his pocket, and he let the officer know that he was… that he had a firearm and that he was reaching for his wallet. And the officer just shot him in his arm. We’re waiting for…”

Officer [shouting]: “Keep your hands [inaudible]”

Woman: “I will, Sir, no worries, I will.”

[Officer shouts expletive]

Woman: “He just shot his arm off. We got pulled over on Larpenteur…”

Officer [shouting]: “I told him not to reach for it. I told him to get his head up.”

Woman: “He had…you told him to get his ID, Sir. His driver’s licence. Oh my God, please don’t tell me he’s dead…”

[camera pans to show driver not moving]

Woman: “Please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that…”

Officer [calmly]: “Keep your hands where they are, please.”

Woman: “Yes I will, I’ll keep my hands where they are… Please don’t tell me this, Lord. Please, Jesus, don’t tell me that he’s gone. Please don’t tell me that he’s gone. Please, officer, don’t tell me that you just did this to him. You shot four bullets into him, Sir. He was just getting his licence and registration, Sir.

[pause]

Officer [shouting]: “Get the female passenger out.”

Second officer [shouting]: “Come out of the car with your hands up. Let me see your hands – exit now.”

[woman gets out of car; camera shows police car and police officer near it pointing gun at the woman – another police officer is behind him, holding a young girl]

Officer 2: “Keep em up, keep em up…”

Woman: “Where’s my daughter? Have you got my daughter?”

Officer 2 [shouting]: “Face away from me and walk backwards [inaudible] – keep walking [repeats]. Get on your knees, get on your knees.”

[child is heard screaming – sound of handcuffs being applied is heard as the camera faces up to the sky]

Officer 2 [quieter]: “Ma’am, you’re just being detained right now while we get this sorted out, OK?”

 

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