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Another police shooting acquittal worries black gun owners

Another police shooting acquittal worries black gun owners

That included several recent mistrials or acquittals when officers testified they feared for their lives, Stinson said. "I know that if he could, he would take back what he did, and we all wish, and he would too, that this never happened", Choi said. "This is my license, ' they automatically are reaching for their gun thinking you're going to draw your gun on them, once again not realizing you're a good guy", said Martin, who lives in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Yanez faced manslaughter charges over the July 2016 deadly shooting of Castile, who was black, at a traffic stop in suburban Falcon Heights.

The small city (Saint Anthony Village, Minnesota) that employed Yanez as a policeman dismissed him immediately after he was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter. "Yes, I am", Castile's mother tearfully told a group of reporters after the verdict was issued. Castile then informs the officer he's carrying a weapon, but before he finishes his sentence, Yanez has his hand on his own gun and is pulling it out of the holster.

The evidence included squad vehicle video, but its wide view didn't capture exactly what happened inside the auto.

The verdict also tells blacks that "the Second Amendment does not apply to them" because Castile "was honest with the officer about having a weapon in the vehicle, and there is no evidence that he attempted to or meant to use the weapon against the officer", the Louisiana Democrat said.

"The fact in this matter is that my son was murdered, and I'll continue to say murdered, because where in this planet (can you) tell the truth, and you be honest, and you still be murdered by the police of Minnesota", his mother, Valerie Castile, said, referring to the fact that her son was shot after he volunteered to Yanez, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me". Her son was wearing a seatbelt and in a vehicle with his girlfriend and her then-4-year-old daughter when he was shot. "I am so disappointed in the state of Minnesota". Yanez fired seven bullets into Castile's auto shortly after the 32-year-old black man disclosed that he was carrying a firearm. And that experience can carry over, Ector said. "We need to work at all levels of government to create a system of justice that upholds the rights of every American, whether they are black or white".

Much of the incident, in which Castile, 32, was shot in his vehicle, was streamed live on social media. "The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all". A grand jury declined to indict that officer or any others involved in the arrest. "As people across our city, county and country react to the jury's verdict, I urge each of us to move forward in a way that is peaceful and respectful of everyone - residents, demonstrators and police officers alike", he said.

Scott's shooting in April 2015 was captured on cellphone video seen worldwide. It contradicted Slager's original statement that Scott had attempted to grab his Taser.

Family and friends of Valerie Castile and Philando Castile walked out of the courthouse in shock after Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty on all counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile, Friday, June 16, 2017 in St. Paul, Minn. Approximately 500 protesters entered I-94, closing both directions of the freeway to traffic, around 10:50pm, WCCO reports.

The world learned of Philando Castile's death through a grim livestream launched by his girlfriend seconds after Castile was shot five times by a police officer. According to CNN, an estimated 2,000 people marched through St. Paul following the verdict, holding signs that read "this hurts" and "Justice not served for Philando" while chanting and singing hymns.