Minnesota Officer Who Fatally Shot Philando Castile Found Not Guilty

Castile, a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker, had a permit to carry the weapon.

The dashboard camera in Yanez and his partner's squad auto did catch those moments, which the jury saw. However, the dash cam video doesn't provide a clear view of what is happening inside the auto. There is shouting, and Yanez screams "Don't pull it out!" before he fires seven shots into the auto.

Yanez was eventually charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting, but a jury of his peers, who were tasked with deciding the level of culpable negligence he demonstrated by using lethal force against Castile, cleared Yanez of all charges.

Castile's body is thrown to the right after the first shot. Kauser said he was surprised when Yanez started shooting.

"I'm so disappointed in the state of Minnesota", Castile continued.

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Yanez thought Castile fit the description of a robbery suspect and was reaching for a gun. "In the meantime, Officer Yanez will not return to active duty". "He didn't tell me where the [expletive deleted] gun was". He was stopped for a broken taillight and told Yanez he was licensed to carry a gun and had one in the vehicle.

Looking to Advertise? Contact the Crusader for more information. Yanez said he feared for his life when he fired his service weapon into the vehicle. Castile said with anger present in her tone.

Castile's death garnered widespread attention after his girlfriend broadcast the shooting's aftermath on Facebook live.

The jury heard two weeks of testimony and deliberated four-and-a-half days before finding Yanez not guilty.

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