Philando Castile shooting: 18 arrested in protests over Minnesota officer's acquittal


One year ago, Philando Castile was shot to death in his vehicle by a police officer.

The day after Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty on all counts related to the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, protesters took to the streets in Minneapolis.

The family of Philando Castile is calling for President Trump step in after the heartbreaking acquittal of his killer's trial on Friday.

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Within hours of the verdict, thousands of protestors came together at the state Capitol, starting a march toward St. Paul Cathedral. The vigil was held after St. Antho. Her organization plans to focus on a campaign to remove police officers from public schools.

Yanez shot Castile seven times after he pulled him over for a broken tail light. Prosecutors questioned whether Yanez had even seen Castile's gun, and witnesses testified that it was in a pocket of Castile's shorts when paramedics pulled him from the auto.

"Stand up and be the leader that you say you are", the uncle said to Trump, adding that that civil rights charges be brought to Officer Jeronimo Yanez.

Saturday, Levy-Pounds said she had received an outpouring of messages from people, majority white, who had been shocked at the outcome. Yanez had initially singled out Castile for a traffic stop because the officer thought he bared a resemblance to a robbery suspect.

The charges against Officer Yanez include second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety by discharging a firearm.


During the stop, Castile volunteered, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me". Although prosecutors used Diamond's video and a police dashboard camera as evidence, the trial boiled down to one thing: no video of Philando's exact actions before the shooting exists.

But according to one of the jurors who found Yanez not guilty on Friday, even the jury's black members said Yanez was legally justified in his decision to use lethal force against Castile. For her, the verdict could also serve as a wake-up call for older, more well-off African-Americans who have viewed police shootings as a problem that didn't affect them.

The verdict also tells blacks that "the Second Amendment does not apply to them" because Castile "was honest with the officer about having a weapon in the auto, and there is no evidence that he attempted to or meant to use the weapon against the officer", the Louisiana Democrat said.

In the aftermath of the verdict that saw the police officer who shot and killed her son go unpunished, Philando Castile's mother is speaking out.

Castile had a license to carry a gun, but he hadn't told the officer that before the shooting took place. The dead man had told the policeman he had a gun elsewhere in the auto.

"He didn't deserve to die the way he did", Philando Castile's sister, Allysza, said, through tears.