The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot 32-year-old Philando Castile on July 6 in Falcon Heights after pulling him over because he “looked like a possible match for an armed robbery,” the AP writes. The graphic shooting was streamed on Facebook Live by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, as she and her 4-year-old daughter sat in the vehicle. Yanez, could also be charged with endangering the lives of Reynolds and the child, the Washington Post reports.
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At a Wednesday news conference, Ramsey County attorney John Choi said Yanez’s use of force was not justified. Castile, who was shot while reaching for his ID, was carrying a gun permit and a firearm. Castile “never removed or tried to remove” the gun, Choi said in the news conference.
Yanez’s partner, Officer Joseph Kauser, will not face charges.
This is a developing story.