Philando Castile’s family and friends were outraged on Friday after a jury acquitted the officer who last year fatally shot the 32-year-old while he sat in his car.
St. Anthony Police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been found not guilty in the death of Philando Castile. The Minnesota cop was charged with second-degree manslaughter after he shot Castile during a traffic stop last July.
The incident went viral after Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live streamed the aftermath. Reynolds was in the car with her 4-year-old daughter during the shooting.
She expressed her disappointment with verdict to KSTP producer Ben Rodgers on Friday.
“My boyfriend, Philando Castile, was pulled over because, per officer Yanez, he had a wide nose and looked like a suspect. It is a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman. God help America.”
Castile’s mother, Valerie, was shocked and angered by the decision as she spoke outside the courthouse.
“The system in this country continues to fail black people and will continue to fail us. My son loved this city, and this city killed my son. And a murderer gets away. Are you kidding me right now?”
The city of St. Anthony issued a statement Friday to report that Yanez has been fired.
“The City of St. Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city. The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer.
At least 82 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter charges for on-duty shootings since the beginning of 2005, according to research from Philip Stinson, an associate professor of criminology at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University. Only 29 of those cases have ended in conviction.