Minnesota officer acquitted in deadly Philando Castile shooting; victim's family expresses anger

(Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP).

Activists and supporters of Castile had planned a rally at 7 p.m.at the Capitol building in St. Paul on the night a verdict was reached.

A Minnesota police officer who was charged with manslaughter after he shot a black motorist five times during a traffic stop a year ago was found not guilty by a jury on Friday, according to multiple reports.

He was cleared of a manslaughter charged in the death of Castile during a July 6 traffic stop in St. Anthony.

In Pennsylvania, four days after getting the case, the jury considering sexual assault charges against Bill Cosby told the judge they couldn't reach a unanimous decision on any of the three counts against the 79-year-old actor and comedian. He worked as a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul, and lived in Robbinsdale.

Yanez testified that he stopped Castile in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights because he thought he looked like one of two men who had robbed a nearby convenience store a few days earlier.

A still from the Facebook Live video Philando Castile's girlfriend took during the fatal shooting by a Minnesota police officer.

Reynolds' daughter - 4 years old at the time - was also in the vehicle.

Yanez had also been charged with two counts of "intentional discharge of a risky weapon" for firing into a vehicle that contianed Castile, his girlfriend, and her 4-year-old daughter.

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That connection to OITNB may especially resonate with those who may not feel particularly affected by the Castile verdict, or may not understand the implications, but have seen OITNB and watched the fallout from Poussey's murder in Season 5. Please officer, don't tell me that you just did this to him.

There was also video of the shooting captured from a camera mounted on the dashboard in Yanez's squad auto. After Castile told the officer he had the gun, Yanez told Castile, "OK, don't reach for it then", and, "Don't pull it out". A swift minute after pulling him over, he fatally shot Castile an inordinate seven times.

While it captures what was said between the two men and shows Mr Yanez firing into the vehicle, it does not show what happened inside the auto or what Mr Yanez might have seen.

July 9: Attorney Thomas Kelly says Yanez was reacting to the presence of the gun when he opened fire on Castile. Castile had a permit.

The defense claimed Castile disregarded Yanez's orders during the traffic stop because he was stoned. "Yes, I am", his mother Valerie told a gathering of reporters. "So i'm forced to confront, and I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront, that this kind of racism exists".

He also said he reacted the way he was trained to do. A key part of the prosecution case was statements Yanez made that seemed to suggest he didn't know where the gun was.

The judge would declare a mistrial, and prosecutors would then decide whether to retry the case. Federal civil rights investigations have a higher legal standard and an accident, bad judgment or simple negligence is not enough to bring federal charges.

A Minnesota jury ended its fourth day of deliberations Thursday without a verdict in the manslaughter trial of a police officer who killed a black motorist. Under the circumstances, just because he's a police officer, that makes it OK.

Allysza Castile, Philando's 24-year-old sister, said after the verdict was announced that she hadn't spoken much in the last year because she gets emotional concerning her brother's death. Kerrick shot Ferrell 10 times after Ferrell crashed his auto in a suburban neighborhood and banged on a neighbor's door looking for help.

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