Castile, a black motorist, was killed during a traffic stop last July by officer Jeronimo Yanez in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb.
In November, just 4 months after the shooting death of Philando Castile, Jeronimo Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter. Castile had a permit for the weapon. He was acquitted on all counts, including second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of risky discharge of a firearm.
The jury of seven men and five women, 10 of whom were white and two of whom were black, sided with the officer after deliberating for more than 25 hours spanning five days, acquitting Yanez on all charges.
People gathered Sunday afternoon in front of Saint Anthony Village City Hall, where Yanez worked at the time he shot Philando Castile. "[The] public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city", and will offer him a "voluntary separation agreement" to ease his transition to another career.
Some of the protesters dispersed after the march, but a smaller group converged on Interstate 94, blocking traffic in both directions. Police response to the protest was restrained and respectful as well. As initially reported by CNN, the 18 arrested were taken away for refusing to disperse when ordered to by the police from critical areas on a nearby freeway. They were booked at Ramsey County Jail, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
U.S. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota on Saturday said Castile did not deserve to die. Reynolds then live streamed the aftermath. As Castile reaches for his license (following the officer's orders), and he assures him that he's not reaching for the gun (also following the officer's orders).
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Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, were stopped in a vehicle on Interstate 24 before they were arrested, WGCL-TV reported . Monica had been with the Georgia Department of Corrections since October 2009 and Billue since July 2007.
Yanez screamed: "Don't pull it out", and pulled his gun with his right hand. They contended that Castile was not a threat.
"We must all own the tragedy endured by Mr. Castile's family and community - until Americans demand greater accountability for the discrimination and violence of a drug war prosecuted in their name, it won't be the last".
"I'm mad as hell right now", Valerie Castile told reporters after the verdict. "I will never have faith in the system".
"It is a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman". Castile responded, "I'm not pulling it out", and Reynolds said, "He's not pulling it out".
In the school district's statement, an unnamed coworker says Castile was smart and "overqualified" for his position, yet still took his job seriously. At least 2,000 people filled the steps leading to the State Capitol in St. Paul to listen to activists and friends of Castile express their anger at the verdict.
Meanwhile, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman described Castile as a "son of Saint Paul".
On Friday evening, protest organizers told the crowd that their resistance had not failed.