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. Paul area after the verdict.
Yanez shot into Philando Castile's vehicle seven times after Castile told him he was carrying a gun. Castile had a permit.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on three counts, including second-degree manslaughter. After the verdict was read Friday afternoon, the city of St. Anthony swiftly announced plans to dismiss Yanez, despite his acquittal.
Friday's march remained largely peaceful.
A Minnesota police officer was acquitted Friday in the shooting of a black motorist whose dying moments were captured on Facebook video in a case that shocked the nation. On Saturday, people marched in downtown Minneapolis.
A group of protestors peeled off from the pack and headed to Interstate 94 in St. Paul; the freeway was shutdown in both directions.
As noted by Samuel Sinyangwe (Campaign Zero co-founder/activist), 1,155 people were killed by police in 2016 alone. In the end, a few dozen people were left, and police managed to push them off the freeway.
Ramsey County District Court Judge William H. Leary III defined culpable negligence in his jury instructions as "intentional conduct that the defendant may not have meant to be harmful, but that an ordinary and reasonable prudent person would recognize as involving a strong probability of injury to others", adding the concept includes gross negligence coupled with an element recklessness.
The death of Philando Castile was sad and according to testimony in the Yanez trial, unnecessary. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed the immediate aftermath of the shooting on Facebook. Reynolds, the girlfriend, said Castile had been trying to pull out his wallet.
He told the court he feared for his life and said Mr Castile did not follow his orders, which was denied by the prosecution who said he had been courteous and polite. The prosecution, on the other hand, argued that Castile should not have shot Castile in any case. They contended that Castile was not a threat.
After the verdict, the victim's mother Valerie Castile said: 'I'm mad as hell right now. I thought I was going to die. "I will never have faith in the system".
The Midwestern city was bracing for further protests after Friday's acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez, 29, of all charges he faced in the death of 32-year-old Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July. When Kauser said, "I don't know what (Castile) was reaching for", Paulsen replied, "Exactly".
Castile worked at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in St Paul.
Teresa Nelson, interim executive director of the ACLU of Minnesota, said the jury's decision does not negate the fact that Philando Castile's tragic death is part of a disturbing national pattern of officers using excessive force against people of color, often during routine encounters.