Not that I have a lot of faith that the system will actually produce a successful prosecution…But…
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said the use of force by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was not justified. A review of dashboard camera video revealed that “no reasonable officer” would have used deadly force in this circumstance, Choi said.
“Philando Castile was not resisting or fleeing,” Choi added at a press conference Wednesday. “There was absolutely no criminal intent exhibited by him throughout this encounter… he was respectful and complaint … he volunteered in good faith that he had a fire arm beyond what the law requires.”
Castile, a beloved school cafeteria manager, was shot and killed by Yanez during a routine traffic stop. The shooting unleashed days of violent protests in Minnesota.
An NPR review of court records showed that Castile, a 32-year-old black man, had been stopped 46 times before by police.