A Minnesota police officer was found not guilty in the shooting death of Philando Castile. Last July, Castile was pulled over for a traffic stop. His girlfriend filmed the altercation with police that resulted in Castile being shot and killed. He was shot despite following the officer’s commands and alerting him to the fact that he had a gun in the car. Today, Officer Jeronimo Yanez was exonerated for killing Castile, according to NPR, after a jury deliberated for five days.
Last November, Yanez was charged with one count of felony second-degree manslaughter, as well as two felony counts of intentional discharge of a dangerous weapon over allegedly endangering Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her daughter, who was also in the car. He pled not guilty.
The death of Castile garnered nationwide attention and protests over the use of unnecessary force by law enforcement.
"The system continues to fail black people," Valerie Castile, Philando's mother said following the verdict, per CNN. "My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away! Are you kidding me right now?"
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