Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Father's Day Rally Planned at St. Anthony Police Department

Father's Day Rally Planned at St. Anthony Police Department

FILE - In this May 30, 2017, file photo, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez stands outside the Ramsey County Courthouse while waiting for a ride in St. Paul, Minn.

Sunday marked the third day of protests after the acquittal of former officer Jeronimo Yanez in the shooting death of Philando Castile. Yanez opened fire, shooting Castile five times, just seconds after Castile informed him that he was carrying a gun.

Yanez testified that Castile was reaching for his gun despite his commands not to pull it out.

Shortly after the verdict, the City of St. Anthony said Yanez would not return to active duty and that it was negotiating a "voluntary separation agreement" with him.

July 29: Choi adds former U.S. Department of Justice attorney and former Hamline University Law School dean Don Lewis, who is black, to his team as a special prosecutor in a bid to enhance trust in the results of the investigation.

July 14: A funeral for Castile at the St. Paul Cathedral draws thousands of mourners. We're going back down to 1969.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 18 people were arrested. Many carried pictures of a Minnesota license plate with the word "SHAME" on it. Others called for understanding.

Following are some reactions by Twitter users on the verdict. "I'm mad as hell right now, yes I am". "I urge each of us to move forward in a way that is peaceful and respectful of everyone - residents, demonstrators and police officers alike", Mayor Christopher Coleman said in a statement.

Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, told reporters after the verdict that "the system continues to fail black people".

The only two black jurors in the Philando Castile case were in favor of acquitting the cop responsible for his death, a juror explained Friday.

Yanez approached Castile's vehicle on the driver's side. Critics say Yanez's quick decision to use lethal force against Castile, a black man, represents a systematic problem in American policing, namely that black people are seen as criminals - even if they're not. 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. They raised questions about discrepancies in Reynolds' statements to investigators, including where Castile carried his wallet and who purchased the marijuana that was in the vehicle.

Yanez killed Castile in his auto last year while his fiance, Diamond Reynolds, and 4-year-old daughter were sitting in the vehicle.

Castile's family raged after Minneapolis officer Yanez was found not guilty in court on Friday, with mum Valerie saying: "He will have to face his creator". He said the jury sympathizes with the Castile family.

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