Cop who killed Philando Castile cleared of all charges
Friday afternoon in St. Paul, Minnesota, the police officer who shot and killed driver Philando Castile back in July has been cleared of all charges, The Washington Post reports.
Castile, 32, was pulled over for a broken tail light and alerted Officer Jeronimo Yanez that he was carrying a licensed firearm. It was the 46th time Minnesota police had pulled Castile over for suspected traffic violations since he was 18. When Castile moved to show the officer his piece, Yanez opened fire.
Castile’s mother Valerie stood up and swore in court after the verdict was reached.
“It never seems to fail us. The system continues to fail black people,” Valerie said outside the courtroom. “And it will continue to fail you all. Because this happened with Philando, when they get done with us, they’re coming for you, for you, for you, and all your interracial children.”
“My son loved this city, and this city killed my son,” she continued, “and the murderer gets away.”
Yanez testified that Castile showed his firearm despite not asking him to do so, which was why the officer felt threatened. He was charged and acquitted of one felony count of second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of intentionally discharging a gun.
Castile’s girlfriend Lavish Reynolds broadcast the incident on Facebook Live. You can watch a copy of the broadcast below (warning: graphic).