Officer Charged in Castile Case
Jeronimo Yanez, the police officer that fatally shot Philando Castile on July 6th, 2016, was charged with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts. John Choi, the Ramsey County Attorney, revealed that although Yanez was not arrested, he will appear in court today. The police officer faces up to ten years in prison, if convicted. Tom Kelly, Yanez’s attorney, defends Yanez by explaining that Castile matched the profile of an armed robbery suspect and the officer was reacting to the presence of a gun. The family members of Castile believe that he was racially profiled. Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, accepted the Minnesota prosecutor’s charges and said that she understood that a more severe charge might make it more difficult to convict the officer.
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