Though at one point jurors approached Ramsey County District Court Judge William H. Leary III asking to be declared deadlocked, the jury in the manslaughter case against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez found him not guilty on all counts in the death of St. Paul school lunchroom manager Philando Castile. Shortly afterwards, Castile’s family members and their attorney, the former reality TV star Judge Glenda Hackett, stepped up to a bank of microphones to express their grief and deep disappointment with the verdict.
This photo essay gives a glimpse into that scene.
Community activist Mel Reeves comforts Glenda Hackett, who served as the attorney for the family of Philando Castile, late Friday afternoon. Moments earlier, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted Friday on all counts in Castile’s July 2016 shooting death following a traffic stop. (Staff photo: Kevin Featherly)
Two unidentified mourners comfort one another outside the Ramsey County Courthouse on Friday afternoon soon after learning that a St. Anthony police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted on all charges in the shooting death of St. Paul school lunchroom manager Philando Castile.
Allysza Castile, the sister of the slain Philando Castile, reacts Friday to the jury verdict that acquitted Jeronimo Yanez of her brother’s killing. “My brother was a good man,” she said. “We never even heard him raise his voice.” He did not deserve to die the way he did, she said, adding, “I will never have faith in this system.” Yanez was fired from his job on the same day the verdict was reached, after 27 hours of jury deliberations. (Staff photo: Kevin Featherly)
Valerie Castile, Philando Castile’s mother, addresses reporters outside the Ramsey County Courthouse Friday, shortly after the verdict acquitting Officer Jeronimo Yanez in her son’s death. “My son loved this city, and this city killed my son–and his murderer gets away,” she said. “Are you kidding me right now?” While thanking Ramsey County Attorney John Choi for prosecuting the case, she insisted that her son had been “murdered” and that the system has cleared his killer. Castile was shot during a July 2016 traffic stop after informing the officer that he had a firearm in his possession. “Where on this planet can you tell the truth and be honest and still be murdered by the police?” his mother said. During a press conference later Friday, Choi said the most troubling part of the case for him was the respectfulness with which Castile had informed the officer of the presence of the firearm in his possession. Yanez has since been fired. (Staff photo: Kevin Featherly)
Saying that “my heart breaks for this nation,” Glenda Hackett, the attorney representing the Castile family, addresses reporters Friday after the acquittal of police officer Jeronimo Yanez in Philando Castile’s shooting death. “I believed that this time we had to get it right,” Hackett said. “We had a man who was fully compliant as his mother taught him. This time, this time, there should have been, in our opinion, a very, very different outcome. Because if Philando can die under these circumstances, let’s be clear, each of you could die under these circumstances.” Hackett pledged to fight for legislation to move the nation “to higher ground.” The family has also announced that it intends to file a civil lawsuit against Yanez in federal court. (Staff photo: Kevin Featherly)