St. Paul, MN – A verdict was expected today in the trial of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez for manslaughter. 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.
Watch here for our live video coverage of the aftermath of the verdict:
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 passenger seat of the car as Yanez continued to hold him and his girlfriend at gunpoint.
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Earlier today barricades were seen outside the Minnesota Governor’s mansion.
The barricades were later taken down, apparently at Governor Dayton’s request.
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…“
At around 3 p.m. central time, observers in the courtroom reported that the jury was having problems and had not been able to reach a unanimous verdict, as they had been instructed to do by Judge William Leary III.
This is what the judge read to the jury pic.twitter.com/dkkhbZLbcx
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Around 3:45 p.m., crowds were starting to gather outside the courthouse in St. Paul, including many news crews.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m., Philando Castile’s uncle Clarence spoke to reporters outside the courthouse and stated his belief that the deliberations would not end in a hung jury.
The jury ended deliberations for the day at 4:30 p.m. without reaching a verdict. They are scheduled to resume deliberations at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 15.
We spoke with Pastor Danny Givens Jr. about his interpretations of the Yanez trial.
by Chris Schiano | Photos, livestream, & videos by Niko Georgiades
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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