Hours After Officer Yanez Is Found Not Guilty In Fatal Shooting Of Philando Castile, Marchers Close I‑94

After 27 hours of delib­er­a­tion, a jury of sev­en men and five women reached a ver­dict in Philando Castile’s death. Eight hours lat­er, after a march in St. Paul, hun­dreds went on the free­way, where some faced off with police before 18 were arrest­ed.

A jury found St. Anthony police offi­cer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty Friday in the fatal shoot­ing of Philando Castile, whose livestreamed death dur­ing a traf­fic stop stunned a nation.

Castile’s fam­i­ly called the deci­sion proof of a dys­func­tion­al crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, while pros­e­cu­tors cau­tioned the pub­lic to respect the jury’s ver­dict “because that is the fun­da­men­tal premise of the rule of law.”

“I am so dis­ap­point­ed in the state of Minnesota,” Castile’s moth­er, Valerie Castile, said at a news con­fer­ence short­ly after the ver­dict was read in court about 2:45 p.m. “My son loved this state. He had one tat­too on his body and it was of the Twin Cities — the state of Minnesota with TC on it. My son loved this city and this city killed my son. And the mur­der­er gets away.”
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