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Protests continue in part of "Father's Day for Philando"

19 June 2017

Eighteen people were arrested early Saturday in St. Paul, Minnesota after blocking a major highway in angry protests after a police officer was acquitted over the shooting of a black motorist whose last moments were captured on video. Demonstrators hold signs as they as they block traffic on Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., after leaving a vigil at the state Capitol on Friday, June 16, 2017.

Yanez proceeded to tell him not to reach for it, to which Castile replied that he wasn't.

Yanez was charged with manslaughter and unsafe discharge of his firearm.

A jury reached its verdict after five days of deliberations: Yanez was acquitted of all charges. Protests erupted in the Twin Cities and beyond.

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"I am so very, very, very. disappointed in the system here in the state of Minnesota", Valerie Castile said.

Friday's march remained largely peaceful.

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According to reports by The Guardian, police officers have arrested 18 people.

Sunday's protest was promoted as "Father's Day for Philando".

Ramsey County District Court Judge William H. Leary III defined culpable negligence in his jury instructions as "intentional conduct that the defendant may not have meant to be harmful, but that an ordinary and reasonable prudent person would recognize as involving a strong probability of injury to others", adding the concept includes gross negligence coupled with an element recklessness.

Yanez faced manslaughter charges over the July 2016 deadly shooting of Castile, who was black, at a traffic stop in suburban Falcon Heights.

The sickening incident, which was streamed on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, sparked a series of violent clashes between police and protesters last summer - but even the footage wasn't enough to convict Minnesota cop Jeronimo Yanez, who pulled the victim over for a broken taillight.

Yanez said Castile was reaching for the gun and didn't listen to his instructions to stop.

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Castile's mother and other friends and family were fixtures in the courtroom throughout the proceedings, as was Yanez's family.

Prosecutors argued that Yanez did not see the gun and acted unreasonably. Dayton says he doesn't think the shooting would have happened if Castile had been white. Castile's taillight was out; Yanez also testified he thought Castile resembled a suspect in a recent convenience store robbery. Another admitted, "I never got to meet him".

"The system in this country continues to fail black people and will continue to fail us", she added. It is a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Officer Yanez is a policeman. They raised questions about discrepancies in Reynolds' statements to investigators, including where Castile carried his wallet and who purchased the marijuana that was in the auto.

Castile worked at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in St Paul.

Ellison said in a statement the jury's verdict "re-opens old wounds, on top of the scars from past injustices that make so many Black Americans feel that their lives don't matter".

Prosecutors in St. Paul, Minnesota, said recordings from the auto - both from Reynolds' phone and from a dashboard camera - showed that Castile was courteous and non-threatening, and they told the court there was no justification for Yanez' action.

After the officer was cleared of any wrongdoing, protesters took to the streets demanding justice for minorities, shouting "stand up, fight back".

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