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Jury begins deliberating charges brought against officer who fatally shot Philando Castile

14 Juin 2017

A prosecutor on Monday urged a jury to convict a Minnesota police officer of manslaughter for shooting a black motorist during a traffic stop, arguing that the officer never saw the man's gun and could have stopped short of shooting even if he had.

Jeronimo (yeh-RON'-ih-moh) Yanez, a 29-year-old Latino officer, is charged in the July 6 death of Philando Castile.

Seventy-four seconds is the amount of time that elapsed between the moment Yanez turned on his squad auto lights to the moment he fired the seventh and final shot into Castile's vehicle.

Yanez, who pleaded not guilty, testified on Friday that Castile disregarded the officer's commands and began reaching for a firearm he had disclosed he had in his possession.

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In its second day of deliberations, jurors returned to court to again see dashcam video captured by Officer Jeronimo Yanez's squad auto of the stop that led to 32-year-old Philando Castile's death. They'll resume deliberations Wednesday. Closing arguments are set for Monday, June 12, in a Minnesota police officer’s manslaughter trial in the death of a black motorist.

Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, posted a seven-minute video on Facebook, saying her son shouldn't have died the way he did.

In July 2016, police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop. Download the latest podcast here. She said: "We need to just stand in solidarity. This is a classic example of Philando Castile not following orders, he was stoned". She says Yanez didn't use his training to de-escalate the situation.

A prosecutor is arguing that a Minnesota police officer never saw a gun before he shot and killed a black motorist past year during a traffic stop. "He killed PhIlando Castile and endangered the lives of Diamond Reynolds and her daughter".

Twelve jurors are in their second day of deliberations in the manslaughter case against Yanez.

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A jury will soon be deliberating the fate of a Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter in last July's fatal shooting of a black motorist.

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Castile responded, "I was reaching", but before he finished, Yanez, with right hand on his holster, said, "Don't pull it out". But Pendleton says it will be just a "mustard seed of justice" if he is. Yanez shot the 32-year-old school cafeteria worker seconds after Castile informed him he had a gun during a traffic stop.

Closing arguments were expected at midmorning in the trial of police Officer Jeronimo (yeh-RON'-ih-moh) Yanez.

Squad vehicle video played repeatedly for the jury last week shows the situation escalated quickly, with Yanez shooting Castile just seconds after the driver volunteered, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me". He says Yanez legitimately thought Castile was a robbery suspect.

After the shooting, the Facebook Live video showed Yanez keeping his gun aimed at Castile while he waited for backup. Yanez shot Castile five times seconds after Castile told him he was carrying a gun.

Paulsen relied on a PowerPoint presentation to articulate the major points of his argument, including Yanez's statements to an agent from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Castile was shot seconds after he informed Yanez he was carrying a gun.

The defense argued that the use of deadly force was justified because the offer saw Castile going for his gun and that Castile disobeyed his instructions. Before Castile finishes that sentence, Yanez has his hand on his own gun and is pulling it out of the holster.