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In reaction to the verdict, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton offered his condolences to the Castile family, calling his death “a bad tragedy” in a statement that made no mention of Yanez.

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

Protesters pack the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol building on June 16, 2017 in St Paul, Minn. "My family's faces popped up in my mind, my wife and baby girl", Yanez said, his voice choked with emotion. Family and friends of Valerie Castile and Philando Castile walked out of the courthouse in shock after Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty on all counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile, Friday, June 16, . "Some held signs that read "this hurts" and 'Justice not served for Philando'". It was inevitable that protests and rallies would arise, as they did in St. Paul Friday night.

The rally grew to almost 2,000 strong by 9 p.m. when demonstrators began moving west on University Avenue, away from the Capitol. Kelly says Yanez thought Castile looked like "a possible match" for a suspect in a recent armed robbery.

Castile's death was one of several killings of black men by police officers that garnered national attention and sparked protests.

The freeway was open to vehicle traffic by around 11:44 p.m. The Minnesota State Patrol said 18 people were arrested after they "failed to leave the roadway". Like many who expressed alarm at the verdict, they were critical of the makeup of the jury: eight men (one black) and four women (also one black). A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a blac.

The mayor also said officers with the St. Paul Police Department used new training and crowd control tactics last night.

Some of the protesters dispersed after the march, but a smaller group converged on Interstate 94, blocking traffic in both directions.

"Justice was done", he said.

Ms Reynolds, whose video showed 32-year-old Mr Castile covered in blood as an officer pointed his gun at him, said he had been reaching for his licence when he was shot.

"The same people keep paying this price". Castile's girlfriend, sitting beside him as Yanez fired seven shots, said she recorded video of the scene because she feared that she and her 4-year-old daughter, in the car's rear seat, were in danger.

The acquittal comes at a time when police tactics and use of lethal force are under extreme scrutiny.

"Mr. Castile's death was a awful tragedy ..." Though every "not guilty" makes it hard to see change ahead, with the memory of Philando Castile and everyone who came before, we have to do not forget to keep fighting for justice. He testified that he didn't want to shoot Castile, but was "in fear for my life and my partner's life".

Meanwhile, in a statement on the verdict, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman called Castile "a son of St. Paul - a graduate of Central High School, and a dedicated employee at J.J. Hill Montessori, where he was loved by his students and co-workers".


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