St. Paul, MN – A verdict is expected shortly in the manslaughter trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez. Yanez was charged on November 16, 2016 after he killed 32-year-old African-American Philando Castile by shooting him five times during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, MN on July 6, 2016. Yanez is being tried by a mostly white jury.
Video livestreamed at the scene of the shooting by Castile’s girlfriend went viral and was censored by Facebook. Massive protests took place last summer in St. Paul, MN, and across the country, condemning Castile’s murder, who bled out in the driver seat of the car as Yanez continued to hold him and his girlfriend at gunpoint.
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The jury has been deliberating for four days now and are, at the moment deadlocked, and unable to agree on a verdict. Judge William Leary III sent the jury back into deliberations with explicit instructions to reach a unanimous verdict.
St. Paul police plan to respond to any protests after the verdict with a new ‘special operations unit,’ commander Josh Lego told MPR News yesterday. Officers in nearby Maplewood, MN were also fitted for gas masks recently. A memo issued by Maplewood, MN then-police chief Paul Schnell last month read:
“Out of an abundance of concern, law enforcement agencies are beginning to develop, and in some instances finalize, plans for civil unrest following the trial…“
As of 1 PM central time today (Thursday), the jury was still in deliberations and had not taken a break for lunch, but was seen carrying empty lunchboxes.
As of early Thursday afternoon it seemed that the jury had still not decided on a verdict. A note from the jury two days ago requested access to several key pieces of evidence in the case.
— Brandon Stahl (@b_stahl) June 15, 2017
At 4:30 PM it was announced that the jury had still not reached a verdict and would resume deliberations at 8:30 AM on Friday.
We will post updates here as events progress.
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Unicorn Riot coverage of Philando Castile's Killing by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez:
- St. Anthony Police Murder Philando Castile for Reaching for his License - July 7, 2016
- Vigil for Philando Castile Brings Over 4k People – 2nd Night of Occupying Governor’s Mansion - July 8, 2016
- Protesters Blockade Interstate 94, 100+ Arrests, 20+ Cops Injured - July 9, 2016
- Justice for Philando Castile Allies Blockade I-35W Bridge - July 13, 2016
- Twin Cities Anarchist People of Color Engage Militancy Debate - July 13, 2016
- Twin Cities Community Sends Message that MN State #AintFair - September 3, 2016
- County Atty Choi Charges Officer Yanez in Shooting of Philando Castile - November 16, 2016
- No Verdict Yet In Trial of Officer Yanez for Philando Castile Murder - June 14, 2017
- Still No Verdict In Trial Of Officer Jeronimo Yanez For Philando Castile Shooting - June 15, 2017
- Officer Yanez Found Not Guilty In Trial Over Philando Castile Police Killing - June 16, 2017
- Action to ‘Drop the Charges’ on Louis Hunter - July 28, 2017
- Philando Castile’s Cousin Has Felony Riot Charges Dropped After Community Outcry - August 2, 2017
- Families of Police Victims Create Community Amidst Tragedy - March 22, 2018
- Bulletproof Warrior Training Manual Released - May 25, 2018
- Police Improperly Released Armed Men Who Antagonized Philando Castile Protest - October 22, 2018
- Emails Show St. Paul Police Targeted Protest Organizers Seeking Justice for Philando - December 10, 2018
- Vigil Marks Three Years Since Police Killed Philando Castile - July 9, 2019