Minnesota officer charged in killing of Philando Castile, which was streamed on Facebook

Posted at 9:53 AM, Nov 16, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by a Minnesota police officer (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

A Minnesota prosecutor says evidence shows Philando Castile, a black motorist, complied with a police officer and told him he was carrying a gun in the critical moments before he was shot to death.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Wednesday that when Castile's body was pulled from the car, his .40-caliber handgun was deep in a front pocket of his shorts.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled Castile over in a St. Paul suburb July 6. Choi says evidence including squad car video shows that when Yanez approached the car, Castile calmly told him he was carrying a gun.

Choi says the officer told Castile not to pull it out, and Castile and his girlfriend both responded that he wasn't. Choi says the officer then screamed, pulled his gun and fired seven shots.

Choi announced second-degree manslaughter charges against Yanez on Wednesday.


11:05 a.m.

A Minnesota prosecutor says the police officer who shot and killed a black motorist in suburban St. Paul in July had no good reason to use deadly force.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Wednesday that he is filing second-degree manslaughter charges against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez.

Yanez shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile on July 6 during a traffic stop. The shooting's aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, who was in the car with him.

Choi says Castile had informed Yanez when the officer approached the car that he had a handgun. But Choi says evidence shows that Castile never removed or tried to remove the gun from his right pocket.

Choi says unreasonable fear on the part of a police officer cannot justify the use of deadly force.


10:40 a.m.

A Minnesota police officer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of a black man in a St. Paul suburb.

Prosecutors announced the charge against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez on Wednesday.

Yanez fatally shot 32-year-old Philando Castile during a July 6 traffic stop in Falcon Heights. The shooting's gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, who was with him. She said Castile was shot while reaching for his ID after telling Yanez he had a gun permit and was armed.

Yanez is Latino. Castile was black.

Family members claim Castile was racially profiled. Yanez's attorney has said the officer made the stop because Castile looked like a possible match for an armed robbery suspect, and Yanez reacted to the presence of a gun.


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