USA officer cleared for fatal shooting of man

Outraged family, friends, and attorneys on Philando Castile's behalf shared sentiments of anger, grief, and disbelief at the outcome, the verdict of which resulted in St. Paul policeman Jeronimo Yanez being acquitted of charges against him for the shooting and killing of Castile.

After a peaceful march of roughly 2,000 people near the state capitol, with some carrying signs reading "Justice not served for Philando", several hundred people then headed to Interstate 94 where they blocked traffic and faced off with law enforcement.

Castile was fatally shot by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer, after being pulled over in Falcon Height for a broken tail light.

This is now the third straight day people have taken to the streets over this verdict.

Yanez, who is Latino, testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so.

Castile's death was livestreamed on Facebook and drew national attention for its resemblance to the string of other high profile police shootings of black men, like Eric Garner and Freddie Gray.

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Protests swept through the city in response to the verdict, which found that the officer was reasonable in fearing for his life during the July 6 traffic stop. However, 18 people were taken into custody during the protests, CNN reported.

A Minnesota police officer was acquitted Friday in the shooting of a black motorist whose dying moments were captured on Facebook video in a case that shocked the nation. As Castile reaches for his license (following the officer's orders), and he assures him that he's not reaching for the gun (also following the officer's orders).

During the stop, Castile volunteered, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me".

ABC News has the story of the acquittal of the police officer who was accused of second-degree manslaughter.

He added: 'We're very happy. A key part of the prosecution case was statements Yanez made that seemed to suggest he didn't know where the gun was.

United States police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been acquitted over the shooting of a black motorist.

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Yanez testified that he stopped Castile because he resembled a suspect in a local convenience store robbery days earlier. Castile's sister, Allysza, said that: "his brother didn't deserve to die the way he did".

Some 500 protesters gathered on Interstate 94, a highway in the St. Paul area of Minnesota.

University of Minnesota student Aurin Chowdhury said she was disgusted by the verdict, but not surprised.

Prosecutors in St. Paul, Minnesota, said recordings from the vehicle - both from Reynolds' phone and from a dashboard camera - showed that Castile was courteous and non-threatening, and they told the court there was no justification for Yanez' action. They raised questions about discrepancies in Reynolds' statements to investigators, including where Castile carried his wallet and who purchased the marijuana that was in the auto. Dayton says he doesn't think the shooting would have happened if Castile had been white. He was not a father, but had become a father figure for Diamond Reynold's daughter, Dae-Ann, who was 4 years old and in the back seat when Yanez shot Castile.

Prosecutors said Yanez was not justified in firing his gun, saying that Castile was courteous and non-threatening.

She says those arrested were booked at Ramsey County Jail on charges including being a pedestrian on the busy freeway.

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