The Philando Castile Verdict Was a Miscarriage of Justice

The Philando Castile Verdict Was a Miscarriage of Justice

After the hour-long rally, protesters took to the streets.

The case drew national attention as Castile's girlfriend, a passenger in the vehicle, livestreamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.

Castile was one of 1,092 people killed by police in 2016, Teresa Nelson, interim executive direction of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota said.

The jury reached its verdict of not guilty on the manslaughter charge as well as the two counts of unsafe discharge of a firearm Friday afternoon after about 30 hours of deliberations.

A large crowd of protesters gathered outside of the state Capitol after the verdict, eventually leaving to march down St. Paul's streets. Protestors were given the opportunity to march back up the ramps to leave.

January 11: A judge throws out riot charges against dozens of people who blocked I-94 to protest the shooting. The seventh shot was sacked at 9:06:02 p.m. Kauser did not touch or remove his gun. Many held signs that read "Black Lives Matter" and "Blue Lies Matter" as they headed for the St. Paul Cathedral. "It's a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman", Reynolds said. The Minnesota State Patrol states that 18 people were arrested for failing to comply with the dispersal order.

To many demonstrators Friday, the verdict came as little surprise and fit into a larger catalog of situations between police officers and black men.

Then-Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez declined to press charges against the officer, and the shooting was later cleared by the Independent Police Review Authority, which determined the officer had acted according to department policy. Mr. Yanez's defense argued that the officer 'did what he had to do, ' claiming that Mr. Castile had marijuana in his auto and that 'he was stoned, ' a too-common rationalization in police killings, and an allegation that would appear in this case to be contradicted by dashboard video showing Mr. Castile to be compliant, alert and courteous. Paul area after the verdict.

These cases and others prompted several marches and demonstrations highlighting sentiments reiterated by those at the protest Friday.

Local attorney and activist Nekima Levy-Pounds addressed the group with a megaphone.

"He is the driving force in me to make sure this doesn't happen to another mother", she has said.

Castile called Yanez a "murderer" and said she was "mad as hell" about the verdict, which, if anything, seems like an understatement.

"The same people keep paying this price".

The video of Castile's death went viral after his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook, seconds after Castile was shot by the officer.

Dayton and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., released statements Friday when the Verdict was announced. The St. Paul Public Schools, Castile's employer for 13 years, tweeted a statement underlining that "Mr. Phil's" death has changed the community forever.