Judge Glenda Hatchett was hugged by Philando Castile supporter Guthrie Morgan, 7, after Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty on all counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile, Friday, June 16, 2017 in St. Pa.
After a peaceful march of roughly 2,000 people near the state capitol, with some carrying signs reading “Justice not served for Philando”, several hundred people then headed to Interstate 94 where they blocked traffic and faced off with law enforcement.
The protesters marched through St. Anthony on Sunday to remember Philando Castile and demonstrate against the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez.
“I don’t doubt that Officer Yanez is a decent person, but he made a awful mistake from our perspective, and that’s what this case was about”.
Yanez testified during the trial in Ramsey County District Court that he feared for his life after Castile began reaching for a firearm that Castile had disclosed he had in his possession. The immediate aftermath of Castile’s shooting was captured on video recorded by Reynolds and broadcast on Facebook Live. When they get done with us, they’re coming for you, for you, for you, and all your interracial children.
The shooting gained particular outrage, both for the nature of what happened but also the video that surfaced – taken by Castile’s girlfriend – within the vehicle.
This will be a sad July 4th for Philando Castile’s family and his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds. He said, “Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me”.
Yanez killed Castile in his auto last year while his fiance, Diamond Reynolds, and 4-year-old daughter were sitting in the vehicle. Yanez shot Castile five times. Others include, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., Eric Garner, who was held in a chokehold by police, and died in NY, and Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, who was shot by an officer in Ferguson, Mo. The announcement comes one day after the anniversary of the high-profile killing by police of another black man in Minnesota, Jamar Clark in Minneapolis.
“He was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out of his pocket”, Reynolds says.
“This city killed my son and the murderer got away”, an angry Valerie Castile, the victim’s mother, told a crowd.
If you read carefully, you’ll note that it appears that the officer shot Castile for doing exactly what the officer told him to do. Prosecutors say Castile’s last words were: “I wasn’t reaching for it”. Police say 21 officers were hurt, none seriously.
Yanez fired repeatedly at Castile, testifying later he though the man was reaching for a gun.
He would not identify the two early holdouts, but said they were not the jury’s only two black members.
Mr Yanez and his family, meanwhile, quietly slipped out of the courthouse and into a van before leaving without taking questions.
“This is a tragedy that impacts many people and lives in our community were forever changed”, St. Paul Public Schools said in a statement. “He was just doing his job”.