The Philando Castile Verdict Was a Miscarriage of Justice

Minnesota State Police spokeswoman Lt. Tiffani Nielson said in a news release Saturday that officers began arresting protesters at 12:30 a.m. after issuing three warnings for them to get off of Interstate 94 in St. Paul.

United States police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been acquitted over the shooting of a black motorist. An hour later, a few dozen protesters gathered in front of the governor's residence and more protests are planned for Sunday.

The small city (Saint Anthony Village, Minnesota) that employed Yanez as a policeman dismissed him immediately after he was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter. It was widely reported at the time of #Philando Castile's death that he informed the officer that he was, in fact, licensed to carry a gun and had one in the glove compartment.

The world learned of Philando Castile's death through a Facebook livestream launched by his girlfriend seconds after he was shot by a Minnesota police officer. Castile's girlfirend, Diamond Reynolds, was in the auto at the time and began live-streaming the event in the moments after the shots were fired.

July 8: Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he'll decide later whether he or a grand jury will decide on any charges against Yanez.

August 24: The St. Anthony Police Department says it put Yanez back on administrative leave after he had briefly returned to limited duty, citing "concerns and other feedback from the community".

After the rally, police said roughly 2000 people marched peacefully down streets in St Paul, at times blocking traffic at intersections and then on Interstate 94, a major highway. The shooting of Philando Castile was captured on Facebook Live by his girlfriend as her young daughter looked on, lending an extra layer to the same old story of police using excessive force on an African-American.

Fresh questions for Sessions - and he'll answer in public
Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions. Sessions, a former senator, later issued a clarification saying he had met with the ambassador.

"We would like to see if this could go to a federal court".

January 9: Leary denies a request from the American Civil Liberties Union to release squad vehicle video of Castile's shooting.

The death of Philando Castile was sad and according to testimony in the Yanez trial, unnecessary.

Acknowledging that they have a weapon, they said, can open them up to violence from police, who can then claim they feared for their lives simply because of the presence of a gun, even a legal one.

February 8: Attorneys for Yanez say in court documents that Castile's gun was accessible and that he was reaching for it when he was killed.

"Some people will tell you protest don't work ..."

Valerie Castile spoke about her son outside the courthouse following the verdict. She says that Castile never made any motions that would have or should have caused the officer to fear for his safety.

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