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MN Officer Acquitted in Philando Castile Shooting

June 16, 2017  | 

A Minnesota police officer was acquitted of manslaughter Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a motorist whose girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook.

Jeronimo Yanez was also cleared of two lesser charges in the July 2016 traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb. Jurors deliberated for about 29 hours over five days before reaching the verdict in the death of Castile, who was shot just seconds after informing Yanez that he was carrying a gun.

Yanez testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so. The defense also argued Castile was high on marijuana and said that affected his actions.

Castile had a permit for the weapon, and prosecutors questioned whether Yanez ever saw it. They argued that the officer overreacted and that Castile was not a threat, the Associated Press reports.


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kevcopaz @ 6/16/2017 4:13 PM

The prosecution shoal db ashamed of themselves. They "think" then officer never saw the weapon? They "think" the dead guy was no a threat? How about they "think" of getting off their legal butts and try being a cop on the street and then se if they "think" differently. Arm chair QB idiots!

H @ 6/16/2017 4:46 PM

Why do these idiots, who are all afraid of guns, believe that police shouldn't react in any way to defend themselves when someone is pulling a gun on them?

BT @ 6/17/2017 5:27 AM

I think the more important issue here is, the defense of Yanez won the battle, but not the war. Although acquitted, his name and future in law enforcement may be over. Kinda like what happened to Darin Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. Once again, indict the officer to avoid riots (just CYA). Who cares about the outcome, just satisfy the public. Oh, and "sorry officer Yanez about you loosing your job". We had to bring you to trial to satisfy public opinion (like BLM) even though an internal investigation may have cleared you. I would love to look into the backgrounds of some of these prosecutors that just want to CYA, and could care less about the officer, a human being that happens to wear a uniform.
Glad I'm retired after 34 years.

mike @ 6/17/2017 8:30 AM

The case never should have been charged in the first place. The weak-kneed Ramsey County attorney colluded with the weak-minded U.S. Attorney to rairoad this hard-working cop. Even though he was acquitted, he has lost his career.

Deputy Moose @ 6/18/2017 10:28 AM

There is a St. Paul mayoral race next year along with a gubernatorial election here in MN, and all of the local, lefty, liberal candidates have been trying to out-do one another pandering to “the community”, by denouncing this verdict. Some of these idiots are even advocating changing the use-of-force statutes to extent that it would place LEOs lives in jeopardy, by not allowing the use of deadly force. I hope Mr. Yanez finds another LEC position in a community that appreciates good cops.

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