Police Officer Charged With Murder of Philando Castile


On July 6 of this year, Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled a Black man named Philando Castile over for a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, MN. Castile was in the car with his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and the couple's daughter. As Castile reached to get his gun permit to show that he was armed, Officer Yanez shot the 32 year old father several times. Because of an armed robbery prior to the traffic stop, Yanez was convinced that Castile matched the description. 

Today in a Ramsey County, Minnesota court, Yanez was rightfully charged with second-degree manslaughter. The officer could be sentenced up to years for manslaughter and up to five years for "intentional discharge of firearms that endangers safety." It's also possible that Yanez may have to pay a fine of $20,000 and $10,000 for each charge. 

The murder of the late cafeteria manager Philando Castile was just a day after the unjust murder of Alton Sterling, a Black man from Baton Rouge. What made the killing of Castile even more insane was that his girlfriend Diamond was filming Castile suffering from gunshot wounds on Facebook Live. For the past few years, the unjust murders of Black people have been heightened. Many police officers and regular citizens have not been charged with the killings of innocent Black men, women, and children, resulting in a mass amount of activism and push-back against the lack of justice. 

Philando's mother Valerie Castile is happy about the prosecution but does not want any of the protests to "get outrageous" and calls for peace from the community. 

Sources: Officer charged with manslaughter in Philando Castile killing

               MINNESOTA OFFICER CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER IN CASTILE DEATH




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