06/19/2017

Even The Black Jurors In The Philando Castile Case Were In Favor Of Acquitting Cop

Chris Enloe, The Blaze

Protests erupted in Minnesota Friday after a local twin cities police officer was found not guilty in a controversial shooting death last year.

Police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who worked in St. Anthony — a suburb of the twin cities — was acquitted Friday on manslaughter charges in the very controversial July 2016 shooting death of Philando Castile, which quickly went viral because it was recorded live on Facebook.

The acquittal comes at a time when police tactics and use of lethal force are under extreme scrutiny. 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.

But according to one of the jurors who found Yanez not guilty on Friday, even the jury’s black members said Yanez was legally justified in his decision to use lethal force against Castile.

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