Ramsey County Attorney John Choi calls for calm after a jury finds police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who fatally shot black motorist Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year, not guilty of second-degree manslaughter. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says “we have to accept this verdict” after a jury found police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who fatally shot black motorist Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year, not guilty of second-degree manslaughter.
St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez fatally shot Philando Castile, 32, last July in an incident that drew national attention and local protests when the driver’s girlfriend, who was sitting in the passenger seat, streamed the aftermath on social media.
Yanez had testified that he was afraid for his life and that Castile did not follow his orders.
The shooting in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights, like similar incidents across the United States, fueled debate about the appropriate use of force by law enforcement against minorities.
Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, speaking to reporters outside the court after the verdict, said: “I’m mad as hell right now. Yes, I am. My first born son died. … Just because he was a police officer, that makes it OK.”
Valerie Castile abruptly left the courtroom after the verdict was read, as cursing and sobbing from spectators could be heard.
She said the verdict shows “the system continues to fail black people,” adding, “My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away … Are you kidding me right now? We are not evolving as a civilization, we…