The officer who shot and killed Philando Castile, 32-years-old, has been charged with manslaughter
On 6th July, Philando Castile was pulled over by the police. Mr Castile had been pulled over by the police many times before and believe he was a victim of racial profiling. Sadly, he was fatally right because he was shot by Officer Jeronimo Yanez during another police stop.
It was announced today that, Officer Jeronimo Yanez, has been charged with manslaughter and two felony counts of intentional discharge of a dangerous weapon.
New York Times reported:
“No reasonable officer — knowing, seeing and hearing what Officer Yanez did at the time — would have used deadly force under these circumstances,” the Ramsey County attorney, John J. Choi, said.
Mr. Choi revealed new information about the traffic stop, saying that Mr. Castile had “calmly and in a nonthreatening manner” disclosed that he was carrying a gun and that Officer Yanez had replied, “Don’t reach for it, then.”
“Castile tried to respond, but was interrupted by Officer Yanez, who said, ‘Don’t pull it out,’” Mr. Choi said on Wednesday as he announced the charges. “Castile responded, ‘I’m not pulling it out.’”
But Officer Yanez then “screamed, ‘Don’t pull it out’” and fired seven rounds from his gun, Mr. Choi said, surprising the other officer on the scene and fatally wounding Mr. Castile.
Mr. Choi said paramedics later found Mr. Castile’s weapon, a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun, in the pocket of his shorts. There was no round in the chamber, and Mr. Choi said he believed Mr. Castile had never tried to draw the weapon.
“His dying words were in protest that he wasn’t reaching for his gun,” Mr. Choi said.
Philando Castile’s girlfriend recorded the upsetting moments after her boyfriend was shot by the police. She states he was simply complying with the officer and reaching for his wallet. This is after announcing he had a gun that was licensed.
This incident sounds similar to another video we have shared; where a Black man was shot but luckily not killed whilst reaching for his wallet.
She is able to stay remarkably calm. However, the police still decide to put her in handcuffs and place her in the back of a police car with her daughter.
Over a thousand people were shot by the police in 2015. The death toll for 2016 is likely to get close or even eclipse that figure.
Here is this incidents video
America will have to wait to see if Mr Castile’s family will have justice. Just as the family of Terence Crutcher will be waiting to see if the officer in his shooting is found guilty.by
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