A Minnesota police officer, whose fatal shooting of a black motorist transfixed the nation when his girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath, was acquitted of all charges on Friday. The officer, Jeronimo Yanez, had been charged with second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety by discharging a firearm in the shooting of Philando Castile. After the verdict, jurors and Mr. Yanez were quickly led out of the courtroom, and Mr. Castile’s family left immediately. When a deputy tried to stop his mother, Valerie, she yelled “Let me go.” Later, she said: “My son loved this city, and this city killed my son. And a murderer gets away. Are you kidding me right now?” She continued: “The system in this country continues to fail black people and will continue to fail us.”
Yanez claimed he feared for his life. The video is here. Back to the NYT:
Mr. Castile was licensed to carry a gun and was recorded on a dashboard camera video calmly telling Officer Yanez that he had a weapon in the car. Officer Yanez told him not to reach for the weapon, and Mr. Castile and Ms. Reynolds both tried to assure the officer that he was not doing so. Within seconds, Officer Yanez fired seven shots. Prosecutors said Mr. Castile had mentioned his gun to allay concerns, not to threaten the officer or escalate the situation.
It won't shock you to learn that the NRA doesn't give a shit.
#PhilandoCastile's mom insists that she will continue to use the word "murdered" in describing what happened to her son.— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) June 16, 2017