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Thousands protest acquittal of officer who killed Philando Castile

Thousands protest acquittal of officer who killed Philando Castile

Angry protestors had blocked a major highway in the state capital of St. Paul early Saturday after Friday's acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez, 29, of all charges he faced in the shooting death of 32-year-old Philando Castile during a traffic stop.

On Friday evening, protest organizers told the crowd that their resistance had not failed.

Minnesota State Police spokeswoman Lt. Tiffani Nielson said in a news release Saturday that officers began arresting protesters at 12:30 a.m. after issuing three warnings for them to get off of Interstate 94 in St. Paul. As initially reported by CNN, the 18 arrested were taken away for refusing to disperse when ordered to by the police from critical areas on a nearby freeway.

A Ramsey County jury found Yanez not guilty on all counts in a verdict delivered Friday afternoon, following 27 hours of deliberations.

Castile volunteered that he was legally carrying a gun.

During a traffic stop last July, with his hands raised, Philando Castille told the officer he had a gun with a permit, but the officer continued to pull out his gun and fatally shot Castille. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, began live-streaming on Facebook after the gunshot and many literally watched the man die on social media.

An attorney for Mr Yanez, Mr Earl Gray, praised the verdict. Therefore, Friday night's large-scale protests in St. Paul were expected in the wake of the verdict.

His death sparked outrage against police and allegations that it was racially motivated.




Sunday marked the third day of demonstrations against the verdict.

But no video existed of exactly what happened inside the vehicle.

For the case to go before a federal court, there is a higher standard of proof.

The death of Philando Castile was sad and according to testimony in the Yanez trial, unnecessary. Officer Yanez pulled him over for a broken tail light, and Philando told him he was licensed to carry a gun and had one in the auto.

St. Aoro said she believes the jury makeup was wrong from the trial's outset.

"We can also know that the demonization of people who use drugs gives license to the trampling of their civil and human rights, and provides a climate of impunity for law enforcement and others who commit acts of unjustifiable violence". In an incident that shocked the nation, Mr. Castile's girlfriend live-streamed the moments following the shooting on Facebook while sitting in the vehicle along with their four-year old daughter.

February 11: Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, unveils a temporary memorial at the site of her son's shooting. Valerie Castile denounced the unanimous jury decision and declared, "The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all".

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