Officer Jeronimo Yanez Found Not Guilty In Killing Of Philando Castile
UPDATE: Jeronimo Yanez, the police officer that fatally shot Philando Castile, has been found not guilty. After 27 hours of deliberation spanning five days, a jury of seven men and five women, including two people of color, reached its verdict Friday afternoon. However, Yanez has been dismissed from the police department following the verdict.
Members of Castile’s family have since spoken out following the verdict. “The system continues to fail black people and they will continue to fail you all,” Valerie Castile, Philando’s mother, said. “My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away.”
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Last summer, the world was shocked to see the death of Philando Castile in living color, live on Facebook Live. Now, fast forward, his alleged assailant is pleading not guilty to the charge of manslaughter, as well as pleading to move the trial.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez, on leave from the St. Anthony Police Department, has a hearing scheduled for April 3, with a tentative date for trial slated for May 30. His attorney, Tom Kelly, is planning on filing a motion next month for a change of venue from St. Paul, just a few miles from where the shooting happened at.
Judge William Leary III denied a defense request to dismiss this case earlier this month.
The argument put forth was that the charges should be dropped because Castile, 32, put himself at risk by allegedly consuming marijuana and disobeying police orders. Prosecutors are arguing that Yanez, 28, acted unreasonably when he fired on Castile seven times while still in his vehicle.
Officer Yanez is being charged with second-degree manslaughter, two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm and reckless endangerment of Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter, who were also in the car at the time. Millions were angered and in a rage after seeing Reynolds live stream of the shooting’s aftermath on Facebook. Protests, rallies and more sparked like a wildfire as several other instances—including the murder of Alton Sterling—took place within moments of Philando Castile’s death.
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