Minnesota Officer Charged in Castile Shooting Goes on Trial

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 30, 2017

Jury selection has wrapped up for the day in St. Paul in the trial of a Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a black motorist.

They will return to court Wednesday to be questioned individually.

The trial for a Minnesota cop who shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop past year is set to begin.

Protests over Castile's death shut down highways in the Minneapolis-St. Castile's family claimed he was profiled because of his race. The shooting renewed concerns about how police officers interact with 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.

FILE - In this July 24, 2016, file photo, protesters chant and dance during a demonstration in front of the governor's residence in St. Paul, Minn., against the July 6 shooting death of Philando Castile by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez while making a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn.

The selection process begins Tuesday and is expected to last at least a couple of days. Castile, who was carrying his firearm for which he had a legal permit, informed the officer of his weapon while handing over his license and proof of insurance.

Philando Castile was shot and killed by a Minnesota officer in July 2016.

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The 32-year-old school cafeteria worker died in the emergency room about 20 minutes after the shooting.

But squad auto video could emerge as key evidence in the case against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who goes on trial for manslaughter this week. Jury selection begins Tuesday, May 30, 2017, for Yanez.

Castile's girlfriend was a passenger in the auto that day, and streamed the aftermath of the shooting LIVE on Facebook.

Reynolds told viewers that her boyfriend, who told Yanez he had a gun on him, had been shot while reaching for his I.D., following the officer's orders.

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