Police Officer Charged With Manslaughter in Philando Castile Killing

St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez

OFFICER was charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday for the fatal shooting of a black motorist that sparked outrage when the moments that followed were broadcast on social media.

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez fatally shot Philando Castile, 32, during a July 6 traffic stop in Falcon Heights. Yanez has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of Castile, a black man whose girlfriend streamed the gruesome aftermath of the fatal shooting live on Facebook. At the time, Dayton said he didn't think the officer would have shot Castile if Castile was white and not black.

Judge Glenda Hatchett, who represents the Castile family, held a brief press conference at the office of Gaskins, Bennett, Birrell, Schupp LLP in Minneapolis. The woman said that Castile had been shot several times as he reached for his ID at the instructions of the officer. "Numerous cases over the past 2 years especially, there's been video evidence", he said.

Within a minute of the initial stop, Yanez unholstered his gun and fired seven shots at Castile. Yanez ran Castile's license plate and found that the auto was not stolen and that Castile was not wanted on any warrants, but made a decision to pull over Castile because of a broken tail light, Choi said.

Choi made the announcement Wednesday morning, and said the officer, Jeronimo Yanez, will also be charged with two felony counts of risky discharge of a weapon. He also says he has a lot to say about the case, but just not right now.

Squad vehicle video captured the entire event, including audio and subsequent conversations Yanez had with other officers, Choi said.

"In Minnesota, no charges had ever been filed against police officers in shooting deaths of civilians", MPR News reported.

Hatchett again confirmed that a civil lawsuit is in the works involving Philando Castile's death, but says the current criminal case against Yanez is now priority, both for Castile's family, and the entire nation.

Yanez was charged with two felony counts for recklessly firing his weapon.

After Castile handed Yanez his insurance card, Castile then said: "Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me".

Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled Castile over in a St. Paul suburb July 6.

Yanez's lawyer argued that the shooting had nothing to do with race and everything to do with the presence of a gun and in the video Diamond Reynolds showed of the shooting of Philando Castile, the officer could be heard saying that "I told him not to reach for it".

That's because murder or manslaughter charges against on duty police officers are very rare.

Yanez then screamed, "Don't pull it out", drew his own gun, and fired.

"Based upon the evidence we believe that Castile never removed nor tried to remove his handgun from his front, right pocket", Choi said. The Associated Press reported in July that an analysis of police data showed black people made up almost half of all arrests made by St. Anthony officers in 2016.

Yanez said he believed Castile was putting his hand around something during the encounter.

There was no sign Castile reached for a gun or posed any threat, Choi said.

Stinson's data and shows nationally police officers kill on average 900 to 1,000 people every year.

Family members claim Castile was racially profiled. No charges have been filed in that case.



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