Philando Castile shooting: Officer Yanez acquitted of manslaughter, dismissed from police force

Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been rejected as a police officer after he was acquitted of manslaughter in the shooting death of black motorist Philando Castile.

The city of St. Anthony said Friday afternoon that the public “will be best served” if Yanez no longer works for the city.

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The decision to dismiss Yanez came after he was determined not guilty on all counts related to the incident.

He was also cleared of two lesser charges of jeopardizing Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her daughter for firing his gun into the car near them.

The city plans to offer Yanez a “voluntary separation” so he can find another job, but will not return to active duty, according to the police force.

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Yanez pulled over 32 -year-old Castile for a broken taillight in July 2016. The officer shooting Castile five times after Castile said he was carrying a gun.

The shooting drew widespread attention, chiefly because Castiles girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook.

Yanez, who is Latino, did what he had to do when he shooting Castile, a defense attorney argued during the course of its trial. Yanez testified that he feared for his life after Castile refused to not pull out his handgun, despite the officers commands.

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Prosecutors was contended that Yanez never assured the gun, and that he overreacted to a non-threat.

The trial included squad-car video of the traffic stop between the two, but footage did not show what took place in Castiles car, leaving it up to the jury to believe Yanezs testimony.

After three white alternatings were rejected after closing arguments, the 12 -member jury included two black and ten white people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report .

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