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Restraint evident in Castile protests

19 June 2017

On Friday, a jury acquitted the Minnesota police officer who killed him. Flowers and handmade signs have decorated the stretch of road since the killing of Castile, which in part was streamed onto Facebook live (warning: graphic content) by his girlfriend.

Protesters marched on Interstate 94, blocking traffic in both directions. Activists working to end police violence said they were shocked that the gruesome visibility of his death, which sparked weeks of nationwide protests, did not result in a different outcome for the officer. Seven people were arrested during the massive demonstration near the state Capitol and no injuries were reported, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

"I don't doubt that Officer Yanez is a decent person, but he made a terrible mistake from our perspective, and that's what this case was about", Choi said. Despite the acquittal, the city where Yanez works nearly immediately announced plans to dismiss him. The next few minutes resulted in the shooting of Castile, in which Yanez discharged his firearm four times, striking Castile in the arm and side. Officer Yanez pulled him over for a broken tail light, and Philando told him he was licensed to carry a gun and had one in the auto.

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On Friday morning, Yanez, 29, was cleared of a manslaughter charge as well as two lesser charges.

July 6: Castile is fatally shot after Yanez stops his vehicle in Falcon Heights. The officer's defense team also argued Castile was high on marijuana, which affected his actions.

Yanez, who is Latino, pulled Castile over for a broken tail light July 6 in Falcon Heights, after alerting his police partner in another squad vehicle that Castile resembled one of the suspects in a recent armed robbery, due to his "wide-set nose". We are going back down to 1969. The Washington Post reported that the jury decision came nearly a year after Castile's death.

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After the verdict, the victim's mother Valerie Castile said: 'I'm mad as hell right now.

Thousands of chanting demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Paul, the capital, Friday evening, to protest the officer's acquittal.

About 150 people gathered in a Minneapolis park for a rally and downtown march in response to the acquittal of a police officer who shot and killed a black driver, a muted response compared to protests one night earlier. The officer, during the trial, said that he feared for his life and that Castile was ignoring his commands not to pull out his gun.

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The evidence included squad auto video, but its wide view didn't capture exactly what happened inside the vehicle. No video existed of exactly what happened inside the auto. Many were outraged by what they saw as Diamond Reynolds' outwardly calm voice described Castile being shot after reaching for his wallet.