Protests over Minnesota police shooting result in 18 arrests on freeway

19 June, 2017, 05:10 | Author: Michele Stevens
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Thousands of protesters filled the streets of St. Paul on Friday night and 18 were arrested after a jury acquitted the police officer who killed Philando Castile, a black man shot seven times on dash cam video during a traffic stop for a broken taillight.

On Friday evening, protest organizers told the crowd that their resistance had not failed.

The Star Tribune said those arrested included two reporters for other Minnesota newspapers who were covering the march.

Head of the National African American Gun Association Philip Smith suggested police officers receive more training to learn that black people also have Second Amendment rights.

"At 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a few dozen protesters had gathered in front of the Governor's Residence, the site of a almost three-week encampment after Castile's death last summer".

November 16: Prosecutors announce that Yanez has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in Castile's shooting.

Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun tucked into his waistband, was fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer in November 2014.

Yanez approached Castile's auto on the driver's side.

All year long, the country followed the high-profile case, after Philando's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed the events on Facebook.

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But Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who filed charges against the officer, declared such fear unreasonable.

Protesters held a peaceful demonstration on Friday at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul and then about 1,500 converged on Interstate 94 in the city, blocking the freeway, a Minnesota State Patrol spokeswoman said in an email statement.

For many, the anger over Friday's verdict is still very fresh, but they say they want to channel that outrage into changes in the laws that govern officer-involved shootings. An estimated 2,000 people participated in the march, part of which shut down a major highway, according to the St. Paul Police Department.

But no video existed of exactly what happened inside the auto.

"We would like to see if this could go to a federal court". "Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me", he said.

"The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all", she said.

Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her then four-year-old daughter were also in the auto when the officer shot Castile.

On July 6, 2017, Philando Castile was pulled over while driving by Officer #Jeronimo Yanez. And his mother, Valerie, has important things to say about this verdict.

Acknowledging that they have a weapon, they said, can open them up to violence from police, who can then claim they feared for their lives simply because of the presence of a gun, even a legal one.

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