#PhilandoCastile / #Minnesota / #BlackLivesMatter

Philando Castile Minnesota police shooting: officer cleared of manslaughter charge – Vox – After 27 hours of deliberation, the jury found St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty for manslaughter, as well as two counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm, according to the Star Tribune.

The July 2016 shooting captured nationwide attention after Diamond Reynolds, Castile’s fiancée, live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook. The image was grisly, showing a black man’s slumped, bloodied body — the result of yet another police shooting in America.

“He killed my boyfriend,” Reynolds said. She claimed that police had opened fire when Castile reached for his driver’s license, as an officer requested: “He let the officer know that he had a firearm, and he was reaching for his wallet, and the officer just shot him in his arm.”

Reynolds did not capture the exact moment of the shooting. But in an era in which police are under heightened scrutiny, Castile’s death was received as yet another example of the type of racial disparities in police use of force that have garnered national attention after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.

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  1. A friend shared that he learned 5 magic words in police academy re shootings: “I feared for my life.” Say them and walk.

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