Yanez found not guilty

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been found not guilty of all counts for killing Philando Castile. 

Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter for shooting Castile to death while he sat in his car during a July 6, 2016, traffic stop in Falcon Heights. 

Yanez was also charged with two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm because Castile’s girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter were in the car.

Following 29 hours of deliberations, the jury delivered its verdict June 16.

Castile, a 32-year-old black man, was a popular cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori in St. Paul. 

During the traffic stop Castile told Yanez he was carrying a gun.

At trial, Yanez claimed he saw Castile’s gun, and, fearing for his life, he then shot Castile. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed live video of Castile’s dying moments onto Facebook.

Speaking after the verdict, Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, said her son was “murdered.”

“My son would never jeopardize any one else’s life by trying to pull a gun on an officer,” she said, decrying the judicial system and the state of Minnesota.

“The system continues to fail black people,” she said.

Not even an hour after the verdict was read, St. Anthony released a statement saying Yanez had been offered a “voluntary separation agreement.”

“The City of St. Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city,” the statement said.

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