Philando Castile And A Criminal Justice System On Trial

Law360, New York (July 13, 2017, 11:04 AM EDT) -- Last month, a Minnesota jury acquitted police officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter for fatally shooting black motorist Philando Castile during a traffic stop for a busted taillight. Castile had advised the officer that he was carrying a pistol (for which it turns out he had a permit), and it appears Yanez panicked and began shooting when Castile reached for his driver's license, which Yanez had instructed him to do.

Many African-Americans in particular were outraged by the verdict, which they saw as further evidence of a system that routinely betrays its promises and its principles — especially where black people are...

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