The shooting death of Philando Castile: Officer to face charges

A St. Anthony police officer shot and killed Philando Castile, a 32-year-old African-American man, during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, with much of the aftermath recorded on live video.

    Choi: "No reasonable officer, knowing, seeing and hearing what Officer Yanez did at the time would have used deadly force under these circumstances."
    Choi: "It is important to remember that we still must prove these allegations in court, and Officer Yanez is presumed innocent until he is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I ask the public for its continued trust and patience as the court process moves forward and we strive to achieve justice for Philando Castile, his family and friends .... "
    Choi: "I have given Officer Yanez every benefit of the doubt on his use of deadly force. But I cannot allow the death of a motorist who was lawfully carrying a firearm ... to go unaccounted for."
    I wasn't reaching for it.
    Philando Castile's final words
    by Michael Olson, MPR News edited by Meg Martin, MPR News 11/16/2016 5:09:03 PM

    Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Wednesday that he has charged police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the July 6 killing of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights.

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    Yanez is charged by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts for dangerous discharge of a firearm near the passengers in the car at the time of the shooting.

    "I know my decision will be difficult for some in our community to accept, but in order to achieve justice we must be willing to do the right thing no matter how hard it may seem," Choi said while announcing the charges.

    Minnesota law justifies the use of deadly force by a police officer, Choi said, only when it's necessary to protect the officer or others from great bodily harm or death. He said the use of Yanez's use of force was not justified. Choi said he didn't think it would be right to ask a grand jury to decide the issue, when "I know in my heart what needs to be done." "No reasonable officer, knowing, seeing and hearing what Officer Yanez did at the time would have used deadly force under these circumstances."

    During the announcement for the charges, Choi went over the timeline leading up to Castile's death. He said Yanez signalled to another officer that he was pulling Castile's car over because he looked like a suspects in a robbery because of his "wide set nose."

     

    Officer charged in Castile shooting

    Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Wednesday that he has charged police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the July 6 killing of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights.
    It's just one of many victories that we are pressing forward to have. It's a victory toward justice. I'm kind of speechless, too. It seems surreal.
     
    Pastor Danny Givens, on MPR News with Tom Weber
    by Michael Olson, MPR News edited by Meg Martin, MPR News 11/16/2016 5:12:52 PM
    The protests are definitely working, because we're taking the issues of justice out to the streets to be heard by all. Prior to BLM coming on the scene and beginning to herald that black lives matter ... we're here to speak as the voice of the voiceless, of the marginalized, of the oppressed.
    Pastor Danny Givens (on MPR News with Tom Weber).
    by Michael Olson, MPR News edited by Meg Martin, MPR News 11/16/2016 5:18:07 PM
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