Latino Cop Who Shot & Killed Philando Castile Charged With 2nd Degree Manslaughter

Latino Cop Who Shot & Killed Philando Castile Charged With 2nd Degree Manslaughter
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Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile, was charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday.

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According to Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, whose office will prosecute the case, Yanez shot Castile seven times "in rapid succession" during a traffic stop on July 6 while the man was reaching for his license. Choi said evidence shows that Castile was calm and complying with Yanez's request when he was shot dead.

Contrary to Yanez, prosecutors don’t believe Castile, whose final words were "I wasn't reaching for it," was trying to pull his firearm from his pocket.

"No reasonable officer, knowing, seeing and hearing what officer Yanez did at the time, would've used deadly force under these circumstances," Choi said.

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If Yanez is convicted of second-degree manslaughter, he could face up to 10 years in prison.