Protests over Minnesota police shooting result in 18 arrests on freeway

Protests over Minnesota police shooting result in 18 arrests on freeway

They began deliberations following closing arguments on Monday.

Yanez stared ahead with no reaction as the verdict was read. As you can imagine, she's not happy. "I'm mad as hell right now, yes, I am", she said.

Tired, confused and frustrated, thousands of people took to the streets in St. Paul Friday to decry the acquittal of the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop past year. He said the last two holdouts eventually agreed on acquittal.

Ploussard wouldn't identify the two holdouts, but said they were not the jury's only two black members.

"I noticed a large group of new activists when Philando was killed last summer, and now I am seeing those new activists feel defeated", he said. He said the jury sympathizes with the Castile family.

Allysza Castile, Philando's younger sister, was more resigned while speaking to reporters.

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

Saturday, Levy-Pounds said she had received an outpouring of messages from people, a lot of them white, who had been shocked at the outcome. Yanez fired seven bullets into Castile's auto shortly after the 32-year-old black man disclosed that he was carrying a firearm. Castile then informs the officer he's carrying a weapon, but before he finishes his sentence, Yanez has his hand on his own gun and is pulling it out of the holster. In Minnesota, it is legal to carry a gun, and Castile had followed all laws regarding gun ownership.

The verdict at the center of the outrage was the clearing of the St Anthony police officer of manslaughter after he shot the 32-year-old Castile during a July 6, 2016 traffic stop.

After approaching his vehicle window, Yanez asked Castile for his license and proof of insurance.

Yanez proceeded to tell him not to reach for it, to which Castile replied that he wasn't.

Yanez said he feared for his safety and thought Castile was reaching for the gun.

Prosecutors argued that Yanez did not see the gun and acted unreasonably.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who made the decision to charge Yanez, said his office considered carefully before bringing the case. And I think it is kind of a tipping point. "We need reform now before more lives are lost with impunity", he continued. Another pierced the back seat, about 16 inches from the child's vehicle seat.

The case drew national attention as Castile's girlfriend, a passenger in the vehicle, livestreamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.

The acquittal comes at a time when police tactics and use of lethal force are under extreme scrutiny. But no video existed of what happened inside the auto before he was shot. It was played repeatedly throughout the trial.

Reynolds, in a statement issued through her attorney, said she was "incredibly disappointed in the verdict".

The officer asked Castile not to pull out the handgun. 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 Officer Yanez is a policeman. They said they planned to offer him a "voluntary separation agreement", in other words, he will not be returning to patrol. "God help America", Reynolds said in a statement Friday.

Judge Glenda Hatchett, who is representing the Castile family in likely civil actions against Jeronimo Yanez, insisted that the fight to protect African-American people like Philando Castile from violent police actions is not over, but admitted the verdict was a bitter pill to swallow. We're going back down to 1969.

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