Philando Castile shooting: Police officer charged with second-degree manslaughter

Philando Castile shooting: Police officer charged with second-degree manslaughter

Philando Castile shooting: Police officer charged with second-degree manslaughter

Prosecutors say he was not justified in shooting the 32-year-old Castile during the July 6 traffic stop, which was seen by millions after Castile's girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook.

Almost four and a half months later, in a significant step toward accountability, prosecutors have charged the police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, of second-degree manslaughter and determined that the use of deadly force was not justified. These counts, along with the manslaughter charge, are all felonies.

Choi said that Yanez's use of deadly force was unjustified, noting that while Castile was armed at the time he was pulled over, he "never removed or tried to remove" the gun he had in his pocket.

"I have given officer Yanez every benefit of the doubt on his use of deadly force, but I can not allow the death of a motorist who was lawfully carrying a firearm under these facts and circumstances to go unaccounted for", he added.

Police officers rarely face manslaughter charges for the killing of hundreds of American civilians yearly. He is also looking at up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine on the other charges. After being stopped, Castile told the officer that he was legally carrying a firearm.

Many hope this case will serve as a national example of how prosecutors can hold police officers accountable.

Prosecutors say that Yanez shot Philando Castile seven times. Choi said Wednesday that Castile is not a suspect in the robbery.

A few moments later, Yanez drew his gun and fired seven shots at Castile.

Another round came close to hitting her four year old daughter, buckled in a child seat in the back.

- Diamond Reynolds, Philando Castile's girlfriend, and her 4-year-old daughter were in the vehicle when he was shot to death by Officer Yanez.

Mr. Castile then alerted the officer that he had a permit to carry a pistol - "Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me".

The Times reports, "Officer Yanez would later tell investigators that he feared for his life and that he believed Mr. Castile was trying to grab a gun".

Then Officer Yanez screamed, "Don't pull it out!" and quickly pulled his own gun with his right hand while he reached inside the driver's side window with his left hand.

Reynolds started live-streaming onto Facebook about 40 seconds after the last shot.

The officer had pulled Castile over for a broken tail light, and suspicion of involvement in a robbery; however, Castile had no involvement, Mr. Choi said.

"We want peace", she said.

Ramsey County District attorney John Choi, is prepared to take this case all the way and get justice for the friends, family and supporters of Castile.

He was a nutrition services supervisor for the St. Paul Public Schools, where he had worked since he was 19.

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". "It makes it potentially hard to find jurors who can set aside preconceived notions about the case, potential biases and judge the facts as they're presented in the courtroom, which is really what the charge of their office is", said Johnson.

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