Police form a line in response to protesters who blocked a highway while rallying in response to the killing of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by a suburban St. Paul police officer on July 6. Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of officer Yanez, charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights last July.
Each moment of the July 6 exchange was captured on audio from Yanez's squad auto and on video.
The trial of a Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter for shooting a black man to death previous year is underway. Jury selection in his trial begins Tuesday. His death got instant attention as the shooting's gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, who was in the vehicle along with her young daughter. She calmly explained what had taken place, saying they had been pulled over for a broken tail light. A bystander filmed that deadly encounter as well.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Paulsen, representing the state of Minnesota, successfully argued that Yanez is not entitled to qualified immunity.
"The job of being a police officer is very stressful", said Daly, an emeritus professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. On Tuesday, 50 prospective jurors received a questionnaire to fill out and they will be questioned on Wednesday, court officials said.The shooting, along with that of a black man by police a day earlier in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as other incidents, fuelled public debate in the United States over the use of excessive force by law enforcement against minorities.
The trial of St. Anthony, Minn., Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who fatally shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop, is scheduled to begin Tuesday with jury selection.
Here's the timeline of the incident based on audio and video recordings, as presented in the criminal complaint against Yanez. She said she thought he was reaching for a gun, although an investigation later found that Crutcher didn't have a firearm in the vehicle.
According to a May 4 order, courtroom attendees are not allowed to wear or carry signs, buttons or clothing that call attention to Castile, Yanez or any witnesses. Yanez swears and shouts: "I told him not to reach for it!"
Yanez fired into Castile's auto seven times after telling his police partner Castile resembled a suspect in an armed robbery and that his vehicle had a broken tail light. The seventh shot was sacked at 9:06:02 p.m. Kauser did not touch or remove his gun. Shelby's defense attorneys successfully argued that she shot him because she feared for her life when Crutcher reached his SUV and leaned toward the driver's side window. Reynolds responded. "He wasn't".
It was the Facebook Live seen 'round the world.
DIAMOND REYNOLDS: We got pulled over on Larpenteur. And the police just he's, he's, he's covered.
"I'm just glad that we have came to this chapter".
"He's licensed to carry, he was trying to get out his license and wallet, he let the officer know he had a firearm", Reynolds said during the live feed.
YANEZ: Keep your hands where they are please.
Reynolds: "I will sir".
Reynolds: "He just shot his arm off". "The prosecution, I assume, is going to press hard on that, the fact that they're an officer you still hold him equally accountable. Oh my God. Please don't tell me he's dead". After taking his seat between his attorneys, Yanez looked around the courtroom as if looking to find familiar faces. The officer was interviewed July 7 by investigators.
Prosecutors say Yanez, who is Latino, shot the 32-year-old Castile after Castile told him he was armed.
Yanez said he then lost view of Castile's hand. "I think that's the way the system is meant to work".