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Yanez found Not Guilty of Second Degree Manslaughter

17 June 2017

He also was acquitted & found not guilty of two counts of intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety, ultimately meaning he's walking away scotch free now. Castile's family claimed he was profiled because of his race, and the shooting renewed concerns about how police officers interact with minorities. Defence attorneys pointed to inconsistencies in several of her statements.

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Juror Dennis Ploussard said the jury was split 10-2 early this week in favor of acquittal. Yanez, who is Latino, testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so. They spent a lot of time dissecting the "culpable negligence" requirement for conviction, and the last two holdouts eventually agreed Friday on acquittal. It was very, very hard, ” Ploussard said, adding that he thought the jury delivered the right verdict.

While the justice system may have failed Castile, Valerie said, Yanez will still "have to face his Creator".

Earl Gray, a lawyer for Yanez, said his client had to react quickly to what he believed was an imminent threat.

Yanez, 29, had been charged with second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm for shooting Castile, 32.

The verdict to acquit came on the fifth day of deliberations as we head into the Father's Day weekend, and comes nearly one month after an Oklahoma police officer was acquitted in the death of yet another black man.

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Yanez shot and killed Philando Castile after stopping his auto in Falcon Heights last summer. The defense also argued Castile was high on marijuana and said that affected his actions. Castile reported that he had a gun to the officer, and within seconds, he was dead.

The squad-car video shows Yanez approaching Castiles vehicle and asking for a drivers license and proof of insurance.

"This system continues to fail black people and they will continue to fail you all", said Castile's mother, Valerie Castile.

Despite no expression of hostility from Castile, despite no sudden movements, despite a clear explanation Castile was reaching for his wallet, Yanez jumped to the conclusion that this man, a black man, was reaching for a weapon, not his wallet. Differing interpretations on the intentions of Castile's next movements defined both the state and defense cases.

Reynolds said in the video, and testified in court, that Castile had been trying to cooperate and produce his driver's license.

Questioned by his attorney during the trial, Yanez said: "I was scared to death".

Squad-car video played for the jury shows a wide view of the traffic stop and the shooting, with the camera pointed toward Castile's auto. "I can't even say be safe & "smart" because #PhilandoCastile was & so many are & still this.", while Will & Grace star Mullally raged: "I'M SO F**KING SICK OF THIS".

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These were hard conversations with a tight-knit community that is understandably distraught, frustrated and increasingly angry. The council and police have said they are unable to provide the figure amid claims information is being held back.

Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter, were also in the auto at the time of the shooting. While it captures what was said between the two men and shows Yanez firing into the vehicle, it does not show what happened inside the auto or what Yanez might have seen.

One bullet hit the armrest between Reynolds and Castile. It said that Yanez would receive a "voluntary separation agreement". It was played repeatedly throughout the trial.

After the ruling, Castile's mother was very emotional.

"The system continues to fail black people".

Allysza Castile, Philando's younger sister, was more resigned while speaking to reporters. He did nothing but comply with Officer Yanez's instructions to get his driver's license ... It is a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman. The terms of this agreement will be negotiated in the near future, so details are not available at this time.

Castile was said to know the names of all 500 students he worked with, and after the verdict St. Paul Public Schools said the verdict "may bring strong emotions" for those who knew "Mr. Phil", whom they describe as a "beloved SPPS employee".

Coleman asked for restraint on the part of those angry with the verdict.

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Immediate outrage followed the verdict with a protest planned for Friday night at 7 p.m.at the Minnesota Capitol by Communities United Against Police Brutality and the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar. And he won't return to the police force.

Yanez found Not Guilty of Second Degree Manslaughter