Officer Charged with Manslaughter in the Death of Philando Castile

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St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm.

via Twin Cities:

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said he has determined that the use of deadly force in the shooting of Philando Castile last July was not justified.

“Unreasonable fear can not justify the use of deadly force,” Choi said during a press conference Wednesday.

He is bringing second degree manslaughter and dangerous discharge of a firearm charges against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez.

The case of the 32-year-old man black man who was shot to death on July 6 in Falcon Heights by a St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been in the hands of the county attorney’s office for review since the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension turned over its investigation findings to the prosecutors at the end of September.

At the time, Choi said, “Our office will work as efficiently as possible, while ensuring we conduct a diligent and thorough prosecution review.”

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said he has determined that the use of deadly force in the shooting of Philando Castile last July was not justified.

 

Castile’s family is “emphatically” pleased, said Clarence Castile, Philando’s uncle.

“Without a doubt, we’re pleased,” Clarence Castile said Wednesday shortly after Choi’s announcement.

Castile declined to speak in detail.

“We’re gonna set up a press conference in the very near future, the next day or two,” he said. “We need some time to digest this. Let us come down from the clouds a little bit, so to speak.”

Yanez’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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