source: Democracy Now!
published: 19 June 2017
Black Lives Matter protests are continuing in the Twin Cities after a Minnesota police officer was acquitted Friday in the killing of Philando Castile, an African-American man who was shot five times during a traffic stop last year.
His girlfriend filmed the aftermath and streamed it live on Facebook. We speak to civil rights lawyer Nekima Levy-Pounds, the former president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, who is now running for mayor of Minneapolis.
Police officer who shot dead Philando Castile acquitted of all charges
A Minnesota police officer was acquitted of manslaughter on Friday in the shooting death of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook.
Outside the courthouse, Castile’s mother said the officer got away with “murder”.
Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, was also cleared of two lesser charges arising from the July 2016 traffic stop in a St Paul suburb. Jurors deliberated for about 29 hours over five days.