Another police shooting acquittal worries black gun owners

Jury still deliberating in case of officer who shot Castile

(Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP). By 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police had largely cleared the demonstrators.

Minnesota State Patrol said it arrested 18 protesters following demonstrations on Interstate 94 in St. Paul. The vigil was held after St. Antho.

The finding was in line with recent history showing trials of police officers often end in non-convictions - almost 40 percent of the time for those that Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Ohio's Bowling Green State University, has tracked since 2005.

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.

"I'm mad as hell right now. 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.

A large crowd of protesters gathered outside of the state Capitol after the verdict, eventually leaving to march down St. Paul's streets.

The jury reached its verdict of not guilty on the manslaughter charge as well as the two counts of unsafe discharge of a firearm Friday afternoon after about 30 hours of deliberations. Prosecutors questioned whether Yanez had even seen it, and witnesses testified that it was in a pocket of Castile's shorts when paramedics pulled him from the auto.

Yanez testified that he acted out of self-defense when he saw Castile go for his pistol despite the officer's orders not to reach for it. Reynolds said he was reaching for his wallet.

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.

Outside the courthouse, Castile's mother said Yanez got away with murder.

In addition to the second-degree manslaughter charge, Yanez was also acquitted of two lesser charges of endangering the safety of Castile's girlfriend and young daughter, who were in the auto when Castile was shot and killed.

"Philando's case is one of the most blatant examples of police officers being allowed to kill people with impunity, and I think it will be a wake-up call for people who thought that at a minimum, at least in this case, there would be some semblance of justice", she said.

The stop turned deadly seconds after Castile alerted the officer that he was carrying a gun. "As a black man, this is nothing new to me so I'm ready to continue the fight".

Once they find out that a black American has a gun permit, "they are not necessarily going to relax, but they now have an idea about your character", Ector said. The video that Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, filmed as he lay bleeding and dying in the passenger seat, drew global attention to the case unlike anything in Minnesota's recent history, and it also helped bring many previous politically inactive youth to their first street protests.

But videos of black people dying at the hands of police have led to few convictions. Garner complained that he couldn't breathe on video captured by onlookers. A grand jury declined to indict that officer or any others involved in the arrest.

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