Policeman who shot dead Philando Castile acquitted of manslaughter

16 Jun

Mr Yanez had testified that he was afraid for his life and Castile did not follow his orders.

He shot Castile five times, seconds after Castile informed him he was carrying a gun.

Castile’s mother, Valerie, stood and swore when the jury’s verdict was read in St. Paul.

Afterwards she called her son’s death murder, and pointed out her son was wearing a seatbelt and had his girlfriend and her daughter in the car.

Mrs Castile said she was “very disappointed in the system here in the state of Minnesota.”

His sister and others sobbed loudly.

Family members immediately tried to leave the courtroom, and did so after security officers briefly barred their way.

Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota, who last year was criticised for saying Castile would not have been shot if he was white, offered his condolences to the family.

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