Crime Philando Castile shooting: Minnesota officer 'did what he had to do,' attorney says

10:56  13 june  2017
10:56  13 june  2017 Source:   FOX News

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A Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black driver just after the man told him he had a gun “ did what he had to do ,” a defense attorney argued Monday. Mn officer back on job month after shooting philando castile is 'Level-headed,' chief says .

Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez, is accused of fatally shooting Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July 2016. “I had no other choice. Yanez said he had “tunnel vision” after Castile said he had a gun. “What goes through your mind when someone tells you they have a firearm?”

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A Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black driver just after the man told him he had a gun “did what he had to do,” a defense attorney argued Monday.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez fatally shot Philando Castile, a 32-year-old cafeteria worker, during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016. The shooting drew widespread attention because Castile’s girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook.

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Hours earlier, prosecutors countered that officer Jeronimo Yanez never saw a gun and had plenty of options short of shooting Philando Castile , a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker they say was never a threat.

But hours earlier, prosecutors insisted that officer Jeronimo Yanez never saw a gun and had plenty of options short of shooting Philando Castile , a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker they say was never a threat.

Prosecutors earlier argued Yenez never saw Castile with a gun, and had plenty of options that did not involve shooting Castile.

The manslaughter trial went to a jury after both sides gave closing arguments Monday.

Castile looked like a man who robbed a convenience store days earlier, Yanez’s attorney Early Gray argued to the jury. He said Castile ignored Yanez’s orders and reached for his gun while high on marijuana, adding Yanez felt his life was in danger during the situation and “did what he had to do.”

Prosecutor Jeff Paulsen argued that autopsy evidence showed a bullet wound to what would have been Castile’s trigger finger, and that there was no corresponding bullet damage nor wounds in the area of Castile’s right shorts pocket, where he carried his gun.

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Hours earlier, prosecutors countered that officer Jeronimo Yanez never saw a gun and had plenty of options short of shooting Philando Castile , a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker they say was never a threat.

Prosecutors countered that officer Jeronimo Yanez never saw a gun and had plenty of options short of shooting Philando Castile , a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker they say was never a threat. And he said Yanez was afraid for his life. " He pulled out his gun, and he did what he had to do ," Gray said .

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Paulsen asked the jury to consider what might have happened if Yanez, when told of the gun, would have stepped back a few feet to better assess the situation. Officer Yanez might have heard that Castile was reaching for his wallet, he added.

Castile had THC, a component of marijuana, in his blood when he died.

Conviction of the officer’s manslaughter charge requires the jury to find Yanez guilty of “culpable negligence,” which the judge described in jury instructions as gross negligence with an element of recklessness.

After three white alternates were dismissed after closing arguments, the 12-member jury included two black and ten white people.

Fox News’ Matt Finn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A protest on a Minnesota freeway over the acquittal of a police officer in the slaying of black motorist Philando Castile resulted in the arrest of 18 demonstrators early on Saturday, state police said. The arrests came hours after St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty on Friday of second-degree manslaughter in 32-year-old Castile's July 2016 shooting death in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights.

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