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Jurors in manslaughter trial of Minnesota cop review videos

14 June 2017, 05:41 | Cynthia Sparks

Jeronimo Yanez, a 29-year-old Latino officer, is charged in the July 6 death of Philando Castile.

Philando Castile funeral was held on July 14, 2016 in St. Paul Minnesota.

The manslaughter trial of a Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black motorist last summer will resume Monday with closing arguments.

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.

Castile "did what he was supposed to do". Officer Jeronimo (yeh-RON'-ih-moh) Yanez is charged with manslaughter in Castile's death, which came just seconds after Castile informed the officer he was carrying a gun.

Then, "without any warning". Yanez fired seven shots, hitting Castile five times, including twice in the heart, prosecutors said.

Said Prosecutor Jeff Paulsen during closing arguments: "We all know this is a sad case, but it isn't a hard case when it comes to assigning criminal liability". She made sure the world watched, too, by broadcasting Castile's final moments on Facebook Live. Castile's gun permit was later found in his wallet. Reynolds said Castile was reaching for his ID in his back pocket when he was shot. He said Castile was high on marijuana and didn't follow Yanez's orders.

Yanez testified that he believed his life was in danger when he saw Castile grab a gun near his right thigh after he had been ordered not to reach for it.

The defense said that Yanez, 29, reacted to the presence of a gun and was trained to preserve his own life in the face of imminent danger, pointing out that traffic stops are risky and officers need to think quickly.


Yanez said he was justified in stopping Castile's auto because he resembled a suspect in a convenience store robbery, court documents said.

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

Castile had the right to be treated like an "ordinary citizen" the night he was pulled over for a broken tail light, prosecutor Jeffrey Paulsen told jurors Monday morning.

Yanez, who is Latino, is charged with second-degree manslaughter, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and with two lesser counts of endangering the safety of Reynolds and her daughter for firing his gun into the vehicle near them.

During his testimony Friday, Yanez said he saw Castile's hand on a gun. "I had no other choice". "I did not want to shoot Mr. Castile at all", he replied. "That wasn't my intention", Yanez said while wiping tears from his eyes, CNN affiliate WCCO reported. I thought I was going to die.

The shooting drew widespread attention because Castile's girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook.

This is why this case should concern every police officer in America.

Gray argued that it would be wrong to do so because if Castile was in fact the robber, Yanez would have placed himself in a situation to be shot. He could also face up to five years in prison if convicted on either of the endangerment charges.



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