Jury acquits officer for fatally shooting motorist in Minnesota

Afterward, one of his attorneys, Tom Kelly, said the defense was "satisfied". The trial involves the well-known Philando Castile shooting, that took on July 6, 2016. We felt all along his conduct was justified.

"My experience has been that jurors take their jobs very seriously and will not compromise strongly held belief just to reach a verdict", says Cunningham.

Yanez made statements to a supervisor after the shooting and to investigators the next day that, on the surface, seem to indicate he never saw Castile's gun.

Family, friends and supporters of Philando Castile are expressing both grief and outrage at the finding of a Ramsey County jury that the police officer that ended his life was not guilty of manslaughter.

Reynolds' daughter - 4 years old at the time - was also in the auto. Castile's family members reacted angrily, with his mother, Valerie, standing and swearing as the verdict was read. His sister and others sobbed loudly.

In reaction to the verdict, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton offered his condolences to the Castile family, calling his death "a bad tragedy" in a statement that made no mention of Yanez.

Officers are rarely charged for fatal on-duty shootings.

Following a four-month investigation of the fatal officer-involved shooting, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi charged Yanez with manslaughter in the death of Castile, and two counts of unsafe discharge of a firearm for the exposure of Reynolds and her daughter to the gunfire. The Latino officer fired seconds after Castile informed Yanez he was carrying a gun.

Yanez testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so.

That connection to OITNB may especially resonate with those who may not feel particularly affected by the Castile verdict, or may not understand the implications, but have seen OITNB and watched the fallout from Poussey's murder in Season 5.

Prosecutors argued that other evidence shows Castile could not have had his hand on the gun when he was shot.

On Friday evening, the verdict regarding Philando Castile's death was released.

St. Paul Public Schools, where Castile was employed as a cafeteria worker, described Castile as a "beloved employee".

Yanoz pulled over Castile after seeing him driving and saying he looked like a suspect in a convenience store robbery that had occurred days earlier. The livestreaming of its aftermath by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, attracted even more attention. "Yes, I am", his mother Valerie told a gathering of reporters.

After the verdict was read, Yanez's lawyer Earl Gray told KSTP, "It was the right decision".

A court spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Castile, who was bleeding heavily in the Facebook video, said he wasn't reaching for his gun, which he had a permit to carry.

"He was making assumptions and jumping to conclusions without engaging in the dialogue he was trained to have in a citizen encounter like this", Jeffrey Paulsen, a prosecutor, said in closing arguments Monday. Leary, who is white, was assigned to the case after Yanez's attorneys asked to have another judge, who is black, removed. Federal authorities have said they were monitoring the state's investigation, and a federal prosecutor helped with the state's case.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez is charged with manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile. Prosecutors made Yanez out to be a trigger-happy police officer who was losing control during the traffic stop.

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