Officer Found Not Guilty Over The Shooting of Philando Castile

Photo cred: Morgue file

Jeronimo Yanez, a Minnesota police officer, has been found not guilty of the second degree manslaughter of Philando Castile on Friday.

Castile’s death gained attention last year after his girlfriend broadcast the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook. 

It occured during a traffic stop. Audio recordings were played in court with Castile telling Yanez he had a gun in the car, and the officer telling Castile not to reach for it. Moments later, it can be heard that Yanez opened fire.

Around 13 officers were present in the courtroom when the verdicts were read, with Castile and Yanez’s families present too. 

After 29 hours, the jury came to a verdict. Castile’s family screamed and cried out when the judge announced that Yanez was not guilty. Both families were escorted from the courtroom through separate exits.

Yanez was also acquitted of two counts of intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety.

If convicted, he could have faced 10 years imprisonment with a $20,000 fine and a five year sentence with $5,000 fine if charged with the other counts.

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