NY Times article~
ST. PAUL — The images had transfixed people around the world: A woman live-streaming the aftermath of a police shooting of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, and narrating the searing, bloody scene that was unfolding around her.
On Friday, a jury here acquitted the Minnesota police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, of all charges in shooting, which happened in July 2016 and left Mr. Castile dead, raising the national debate over police conduct toward black people. Officer Yanez, an officer for the suburb of St. Anthony, had been charged with second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety by discharging a firearm in the shooting.
The verdict was announced in a tense courtroom here late Friday afternoon, after five days of deliberations, and the officer was led quickly out of the courtroom, as were the 12 jurors. Mr. Castile’s family, which had nervously watched the proceedings from the front row, abruptly left as well.
“My son loved this city, and this city killed my son,” Mr. Castile’s mother, Valerie, said as she stood on a corner outside the courthouse afterward. “And a murderer gets away. Are you kidding me right now?”
In Killing by Police, a Jury Sees What the Dash Camera Saw JUNE 5, 2017She continued, “The system in this country continues to fail black people and will continue to fail us.”
In Court, Diamond Reynolds Recounts Moments Before a Police Shooting JUNE 6, 2017
Officer Who Shot Philando Castile Is Charged With Manslaughter NOV. 16, 2016
Philando Castile Was Pulled Over 49 Times in 13 Years, Often for Minor Infractions JULY 16, 2016
the officer involved was charged with man-slaughter... voluntary i do believe.
i have a theory on why he was not charged with Involuntary-manslaughter,
but who really gives a shit.. i mean really....
and lastly, i thought this was indicative of the 'elephant in the room'..
Why won’t the NRA speak out about Philando Castile?
Boston Globe article~
In the days since the Minnesota police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile was acquitted of manslaughter, the outcry on both social media and in the streets of the Twin Cities has been loud and angry.
But it is the silence about the Castile case that might be the most deafening.
That liberals and advocacy groups like Black Lives Matter are furious about the verdict is not surprising. Philando Castile is yet another black man shot down by a police officer after years of law enforcement harassment. Before his tragic and needless death, Castile had previously been pulled over by the police an astounding 49 times.
It’s hard to think of a more telling story about the racially-biased interactions between black Americans and law enforcement than a black man being pulled over 49 times by police and, on the 50th time, being shot down for doing nothing wrong . . . and then the officer who killed him being found not guilty of murder.
But why aren’t conservatives up in arms? Why aren’t gun owners full of indignation over a licensed gun owner being shot and killed by a police officer, with no accountability and no punishment?
yay! stay asleep america... we are the clowns of the free world! awesome...
..2nd amendment, ha! what a joke!
livid, furious, enraged.. doesnt even begin to describe how i feel right now..