Like so many other police shootings, the killing of Philando Castile in a traffic stop over a year ago. Officer Jeronimo Yanez says he thought Castile was a robbery suspect who was going for a gun when he feared for his life and shot Castile. The victim’s girlfriend disputed the officer’s claim, forcing the case to go to a jury trial and captivating the nation, like other police trials have done. After hearing the evidence, Yanez was found not guilty of the charges.
The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop was acquitted on all charges by a jury Friday, a decision that came nearly a year after the encounter was partially streamed online to a rapt nation in the midst of a painful reckoning over shootings by law enforcement.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled Castile’s car over in Falcon Heights, a suburb near Minneapolis and St. Paul, and the officer later said he thought Castile matched the description of a suspect in a robbery. The stop quickly escalated.
Yanez fired into the car, saying later he thought Castile was going for his gun, a claim Castile’s girlfriend, sitting in the seat next to him, disputed. She began streaming the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live…
Ever since black activists, spearheaded by Barack Obama and Eric Holder launched their war against law enforcement officers, more and more police have gone to trial for doing their job. Activists have never walked in the shoes of a police officer and faced death as many of them have done. Now, police officers fear being charged and convicted for doing their jobs and that hesitation is going to get some of them killed.