This verdict took approximately 27 hours of deliberation. And now, it’s final.
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — The world watched via Facebook Live as 32-year-old Philando Castile died on July 6, 2016, at the hands of 29-year-old Jeronimo Yanez — a supposed officer and protector of the peace.
After a year of trial and fighting, the final verdict has been delivered.
According to Star Tribune, it reports as follows.
“After 27 hours of deliberation spanning five days, the jury of seven men and five women…reached its verdict shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. It was read in court at 2:45 p.m.”
“Not guilty, on all counts,” reports CNN.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 16, 2017
When I tell you…that I’m so livid right now… … … …oh my gosh. It feels like heat is radiating off my body.
According to Star Tribune, there were only two Blacks on the jury. Two out of 12.
The family erupted and stormed out of the courtroom at Ramsey County Courthouse. And the source reports the jurors — after having read the verdict and witnessed the family’s response — remained “stoic, with little reaction.”
The source also says that, after the first “not guilty” verdict was read, Yanez’s defense attorney, Earl Gray, leaned over and squeezed Yanez’s shoulder as a sign of relief.
— NYT National News (@NYTNational) June 6, 2017
During a press conference after the trial, Philando’s mother — Valerie Castile — had some things to get off her chest.
— Minneapolis NewsChan (@_Minneapolis_NC) June 16, 2017
According to CNN video, she mentioned as follows.
“I wanna…give my thanks to John Choi and the prosecutor’s office. They did a great job in the representation of the facts, in this manner in which my son was ‘murdered’. And I will continue to say ‘murdered’, because where in this planet do you tell the truth and you be honest, and you still be murdered by the police of Minnesota…while you have your seatbelt on … and you’re in a company of a woman and a child?”
“My son would never jeopardize anyone else’s life by trying to pull a gun on an officer, and the gun was not fire-ready. This are some of the facts that came out in the trial, and I’m so VERY…disappointed in the system here, in the state of Minnesota.”
“There has always been a systemic problem in the state of Minnesota,” Castile elaborates.
— Evan Frost (@efrostee) June 16, 2017
“And me thinking, common sense that we would get justice. But nevertheless the system continues to fail black people. I am so disappointed in the state of Minnesota. My son loved Minnesota. He had one tattoo on his body and it was of the Twin Cities. My son loved this city, and the city killed my son and the murderer gets away.”
And get this…
After Yanez was found not guilty, the city of St. Anthony immediately went into damage control by releasing a statement on its website.
It reads as follows.
“The City of St. Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city. The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer.”
You mean, during all this time, he was STILL a police officer after murdering Philando?
— NYT National News (@NYTNational) June 7, 2017
There are no words to express the anguish, disappointment, and hurt his family must feel right now.
… … I’ve no words to express the absolute anger I feel right now.
— Lawyers' Committee (@LawyersComm) June 16, 2017
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