Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Local | By Vivian Poole

Another police shooting acquittal worries black gun owners

Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Ohio's Bowling Green State University who tracks fatal police shootings, found that nearly 40 percent of the 82 officers nationwide charged with murder or manslaughter since 2005 were not convicted. Civil rights lawyer Nekima Levy-Pounds, a mayoral candidate in Minneapolis, rallied the mostly young crowd of different races, just as she did during the protests and marches that swept St. Paul and Minneapolis last summer after Castile's death. The reading of the verdicts triggered a loud expletive from Valerie Castile, Philando's mother, and sobbing could be heard as the family made its way out of the courthouse.

(Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP).

When some marchers ignored repeated police orders to disperse, state and local officers arrested 18 of them shortly after midnight, a state police spokesman said. A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in th.

On July 6, 2016, Castile was driving with his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter when they were pulled over by Yanez for a broken tail light in the suburban neighborhood of Falcon Heights in St. Paul, Minnesota. The vigil was held after St. Antho.

Gerry Martin isn't sure he will ever tell a police officer during a traffic stop that he has a concealed-weapon permit - and possibly a weapon - on him.

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Ellison said in a statement the jury's verdict "re-opens old wounds, on top of the scars from past injustices that make so many Black Americans feel that their lives don't matter". "I'm mad as hell right now, yes I am". "This is my license, ' they automatically are reaching for their gun thinking you're going to draw your gun on them, once again not realizing you're a good guy", said Martin, who lives in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

At J.J. Hill Montessori, the St. Paul school where Philando Castile worked in the cafeteria, he was known as Mr. Rogers with dreadlocks.

On Friday morning, Yanez, 29, was cleared of a manslaughter charge as well as two lesser charges. Prosecutors questioned whether Yanez had even seen Castile's gun, and witnesses testified that it was in a pocket of Castile's shorts when paramedics pulled him from the auto.

Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, said she is "incredibly disappointed with the jury's verdict".

High-profile cases like the deaths of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown and Eric Garner ended with the acquittal of the police officer or officers involved or with the charges dropped.

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The verdict also tells blacks that "the Second Amendment does not apply to them" because Castile "was honest with the officer about having a weapon in the auto, and there is no evidence that he attempted to or meant to use the weapon against the officer", the Louisiana Democrat said. He says the jury sympathizes with Castile's family.

The world learned of Philando Castile's death through a Facebook livestream launched by his girlfriend seconds after he was shot by a Minnesota police officer.

"The system in this country continues to fail black people and will continue to fail us", she added.

The stop turned deadly seconds after Castile alerted the officer that he was carrying a gun.

But videos of black people dying at the hands of police have led to few convictions.

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"I'm sure people of color are going to say, and rightfully so, what is the burden of proof for an officer to be" convicted? asked Dwayne Crawford, the executive director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

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