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St. Paul, MN – (RT) A Minnesota jury found St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty in the 2016 shooting of motorist Philando Castile. The aftermath of the shooting was live-streamed on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, attracting national attention.

Jurors reached the verdict shortly after 2pm local time Friday, after nearly 30 hours of deliberation, during which they made two requests to re-read the transcript of Yanez’s testimony. The judge denied both requests.

 

“I thought I was going to die,” Yanez testified on June 9 before a packed courtroom. “I had no other choice. I was forced to engage Mr. Castile. He was not complying with my directions.”

Asked if he wanted to shoot Castile, the police officer began to cry, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I did not want to shoot Mr. Castile at all,” he said. “Those were not my intentions.”

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Prosecutors argued that Yanez, who is Mexican-American, racially profiled the African-American Castile, when he pulled him over for a nonfunctioning brake light. Yanez testified that he also wanted to investigate whether Castile was a suspect in the armed robbery of a nearby convenience store four days earlier.

 

Castile had a licensed handgun on him, and Yanez shot him seven times. The aftermath of the shooting was live-streamed by Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, who was in the car at the time. The shooting prompted nationwide protests.

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The defense argued that Castile was under the influence of marijuana and did not comply with the officer’s instructions. Castile, 32, worked as a school cafeteria supervisor in St. Paul.

 

Several members of the Castile family screamed obscenities and cried after the verdict was read, and his mother, Valerie Castile, had to be restrained, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Valerie and her daughter Allysza Castile, 24, spoke outside the courtroom, expressing anger and frustration that the judicial system failed.

“There has always been a systemic problem in the state of Minnesota, and me thinking, common sense that we would get justice. But nevertheless the system continues to fail black people,” Valerie said. “My son loved this city, and the city killed my son and the murderer gets away.”

She said that she would always say that her son was murdered, despite the not guilty verdict.

Allysza accused Yanez of lying on the stand “three, four, five times,” and said she couldn’t understand why the jurors believed him.

“For them jurors to not have enough empathy and conscious to do the rights thing, that just baffles me,” she said.

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

“He will not get away with divine justice,” she said. “I hope he die tonight.”

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  • Gordon Klock

    Almost like they are deliberately trying to get everyone to “riot in the streets” or something, was that jury ‘blackmailed’ or instructed falsely ?…
    Bad cops, & their “owners”, actually are “above the law”, & this will especially not end well for them…..(but, only after they kill/enslave us, & basically destroy everything)…

    • Guy

      Until a massive change comes Godon, in the way justice works and cops are trained. For the American People, I am afraid you are exactly right.

    • 174thandvyse

      “Almost like they are deliberately trying to get everyone to ‘riot in the streets’ ”
      They may just get their “wish” if they keep on doing what they’re doing.

  • IceTrey

    So his defense was cowardice.

    • Christian Valenzuela

      Have you ever shot a gun? Its gives you a rush, like a high, that’s why they shoot.

  • tony assassin

    Disgusting but not surprising. That cop is a coward and a pathetic excuse for a human being. That the system allows for their uniformed agents to kill with impunity should make people open their eyes to what kind of system they really live in – but it won’t!

    • 174thandvyse

      I know what you mean. I may be a liberated, 1970s kinda guy, but I have some relatives that are downright “Archie Bunker-esque”. They are so much against Non-Whites, that it clouds their judgement, really.

    • Christian Valenzuela

      Makes sense but you have it wrong about being a coward, if you’ve never shot a gun before its exhilarating, and it so powerful you get a slight high from shooting.

      That’s why these cops shoot for anything, compared to a regular boring work day you will be waiting for any excuse to shoot, and that’s exactly what happens. Its not out of fear its out of a Adrenalin rush from shooting.

  • Guy

    Not surprising to me a bit about why the Jury voted to let the cop walk away free as a bird.

    We give cops the job and tools along with the rights to police us with impunity. Then when they do, we cry foul, accusing them of murder ?

    You and I may not like it, but I suggest you put yourself in the shoes of one of the jurors and look through their eyes at the totality of this case, while being impartial and as cold as you can.

    A tragedy all the way around ? Yes it is. Did this man deserve to die for his mistake ? No he did not in my estimation, thinking that the cop overreacted, giving into his fear, as opposite of the other cop on the scene that did’t, not drawing his gun because he did not feel the same fear as the one who did, resulting in no charges against him.

    This is the risk we all take in allowing cops to govern over us, and cops like this I believe should never be hired in the first place, because of their fear and stupidity in allowing it to govern over themselves in their actions against us, rather than to be a man of honor using his brains, instead of his gut instinct to run away in fear for his life, causing the death of a innocent man, who had a registered firearm, telling the cop that he did while reaching for his permit and DL to show the cop, as he was instructed to do. The cop chose to react the way he did and Philando Castile died for it. Philando is the far better man than this cop could have ever hope to be, deserving to live instead of diying at the hands of a coward. For that alone, this cop should be fired off the force, and never be able to wear a badage again !

    This is why I believe the Cops in our Country are 75% or more, chicken-shit cowards ! Who are taught to be afraid of every shadow imaginable, while using that as an excuse to be fearful of their lives, and use their weapons against us along with their fist ! Which is the exact opposite of what they all should be, who should be willing to sacrifice their own lives, like a Fireman or Marine dose, to go above the call to duty, and risk it all, while giving us fair and equal justice in the upholding of American Laws, For We The People !

  • Brian King

    all cops are bitches with and without there badges

  • P. Douglas

    Part of Yanez’s testimony was that Castile ‘formed his hand into a C-shape’ and thereby put him in fear of his life. Only someone who is lying would say something that retarded and contrived on a witness stand or anywhere else, and only a jury of credulous morons would believe him.

    • Guy

      That “credulous morons” of a jury, is composed of exactly the type of folks who the Defence Attorney chose to get the acquittal of the cop. No more different than what a DA dose, when he prosecutes a person accused of some sort of crime. It’s called *shopping a jury* with the *Grand Jury’s being the biggest fools of the lot !

  • Lorne Allen

    About half the population would prefer to live in a police state, it is why less than half of the world population lives in free countries. These people have telltale characteristics and it is they who are selected for juries when they are needed to protect the police state. They are not stupid or unable to grasp the truth or bribed or anything like that, they just ignore the truth and vote not guilty. There are evil hateful people among us and they often serve on juries.

    • 174thandvyse

      “There are evil hateful people among us and they often serve on juries”.
      They, ah, “serve”, if you wanna call it that, as cops. Most of them stink.

  • crazytrain2

    There should have been some lesser included offense that the jury could have agreed on. Castille was not like Alton sterling, whose city rioted over his death. He was a felon in possession of a handgun-not the first time, either, who was also a sex offender. Castille was a cafeteria worker that was high and legally carrying a firearm.

  • 174thandvyse

    Once again some pig — oops! I meant some Law enforcement officer — MURDERS someone in cold blood, and walks!

  • PRINCE PURPLE RAIN DELUXE O(->

    What is wrong with these stupid brainwashed fucking jurors letting murdering cops off all of the time? Wake the FUCK up people!!!!

  • Clifford Lopez Campos

    Where is the NRA when you need them?….. Kissing ass to the Goverment…..

  • Don Unruh

    Nothing new here. Black dude gets smoked by cop…cop walks. When the killing of white folks reaches the same number as blacks, the public just might start reacting. Wishful thinking. Far too many copsuckers out there.

  • Boba Vette