The police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile, the black motorist whose girlfriend streamed the immediate aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook, was on Friday acquitted of all charges. Mr. Yanez's defense argued that the officer 'did what he had to do, ' claiming that Mr. Castile had marijuana in his auto and that 'he was stoned, ' a too-common rationalization in police killings, and an allegation that would appear in this case to be contradicted by dashboard video showing Mr. Castile to be compliant, alert and courteous.
Following Friday's verdict, demonstrators closed down Interstate 94 in St. Paul.
The marchers then blocked the intersection of 39th Avenue Northeast and Silver Lake Road and paused to hear speakers including Castile's sister Allysza, who said, "we won't stop our fight for justice; I lost my brother, my father figure, I lost a piece of my heart".
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. Police arrested 18 people.
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North said he was carrying a "bump" when he arrived in New Zealand, but admits it was not easy watching from the sidelines. I don't think that was ever in consideration. " I think the way we are now is probably better ".
Authorities repeatedly asked protesters to leave before making 18 arrests shortly after midnight on Saturday, the statement said.
"A lot of people cared about what the officer did", said 10-year-old Maria Reyenga as her mother nodded in agreement. The shooting happened just seconds after Castile informed the officer that he had a gun, which he was licensed to carry.
The officer testified Castile ignored his commands not to pull out the gun and he feared for his life. "In the meantime, Officer Yanez will not return to active duty". Valerie Castile said her son was murdered. He says the jury sympathizes with Castile's family.