Jury selection begins for officer Jeronimo Yanez in shooting death of Philando Castile

Minneapolis, MN (PPN) – On Tuesday, a trial jury selection began for the  police officer who shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile last year. Jeronimo Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm, according to court attorney John Choi.

There were about 50 prospective jurors who received a questionnaire, according to Huffington Post.

Last July, Jeronimo Yanez – a rookie cop – pulled over Castile and his fiancée, Diamond Reynolds, in Falcon Heights in search of a man wanted in a recent armed robbery, but Castile was not the person involved in any crime.

Yanez shot Castile as he was sitting in the car with his fiancée and daughter both present to witness it. Reynolds live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook with her 4-year-old daughter in the back seat.

Before the officer pulled his weapon, Castile clearly informed the cop that he was legally carrying a gun.

“No reasonable officer knowing, seeing and hearing what Officer Yanez did at the time would have used deadly force under these circumstances,” Choi said.

“Then Officer Yanez screamed, ‘Don’t pull it out’ and quickly pulled his own gun with his right hand,” Choi said. He fired seven rounds “in rapid succession” into the vehicle, Choi said.

Castile’s dying words were, “I wasn’t reaching for it,” Choi said.


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