Yanez found Not Guilty of Second Degree Manslaughter

Yanez fatally shot Castile in front of his girlfriend and her daughter.

Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota Police Officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year was found Not Guilty of Second Degree Manslaughter today.

The officer who fatally shot Philando Castile was on trial for one count of Second Degree Manslaughter and two counts of Intentional Discharge of a Firearm that Endagers Safety because Castil's girlfriend and her four year old daughter were also in the car.

After Castile was shot, his girlfriend captured the following few minutes; including what appears to be his death on camera.  Yanez seems rattled as he screamed at the girlfriend to keep her hands where he could see them as her boyfriend layed lifeless.  "Please don't tell me he just went like that," the girlfriend says.  On the video the girlfriend claims Yanez shot Castile four times when he reached for his I.D. that, she says, the officer asked for.

During the two week trial, prosecutors portrayed Yanez as a nervous officer who lost control of his traffic stop.

Yanez testified he feared for his life because Castile reached for his firearm, despite being instructed not to.


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