Latest: Protesters say they keep seeking justice for Castile




ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black man, by a Minnesota police officer (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Protesters who gathered at the school where the victim of a Minnesota police shooting worked say they will keep calling for justice until there's a conviction in the case.

The rally came after St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of 32-year-old Philando Castile, a black man who was fatally shot July 6 in suburban St. Paul.

About 50 protesters gathered early Wednesday evening outside the JJ Hill Montessori School where Castile was a longtime cafeteria worker. Some carried signs that read "No Justice, No Peace" and "Black Lives Matter."

Activist Loretta VanPelt told the group that they won a battle, but not the war.

Michelle Gross, president of Communities United Against Police Brutality, said she believes Yanez should face a stiffer charge, such as murder.

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4:50 p.m.

The head of a police union representing a Minnesota officer facing charges in the shooting death of a black motorist is asking residents to withhold their judgment.

County prosecutors charged St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez with second-degree manslaughter Wednesday. Yanez shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile during a July 6 traffic stop in a suburb of St. Paul.

Sean Gormley is executive director of Law Enforcement Labor Services, Minnesota's largest police union. He says Yanez is innocent until proven guilty.

Community activists had awaited the decision regarding Castile's killing for months and urged prosecutors to charge Yanez.

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4:15 p.m.

The girlfriend of a black Minnesota man killed during a traffic stop says she's saddened and relieved the officer who shot him has been charged.

County prosecutors charged St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez with second-degree manslaughter in the death of 32-year-old Philando Castile. Castile was fatally shot July 6 in suburban St. Paul.

Diamond Reynolds and her daughter, who was 4 at the time, were in the car during the fatal stop. She credits her decision to stream the shooting's aftermath live on Facebook as a factor in the officer being charged Wednesday.

Reynolds says she's grateful Yanez was charged but had hoped for more severe charges. She says she misses her boyfriend.

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3:45 p.m.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says the announcement of charges against a suburban St. Paul police officer who killed a black man during a traffic stop in July is an "important step" toward determining justice.

Dayton released a statement commending prosecutors for their careful review of the killing of 32-year-old Philando Castile.

Prosecutors charged St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez with manslaughter Wednesday for the July 6 shooting. Dayton says now the judicial process must resolve the proper outcome.

The shooting's aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, who was in the car with Castile and her young daughter. At the time, Dayton said he didn't think the officer would have shot Castile if Castile was white and not black.

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1:50 p.m.

Family members of a Minnesota man fatally shot by a police officer in a traffic stop in July says they are pleased that the officer has been charged with manslaughter.

Valerie Castile is the mother of Philando Castile, a black man who was 32 when he was shot after his car was pulled over in a St. Paul suburb.

Castile says the charge against officer Jeronimo Yanez is the strongest the family could have hoped for under Minnesota law. A prosecutor said Wednesday in filing the charge that Yanez wasn't justified in using deadly force.

Glenda Hatchett, an attorney for the family, called the charge "an important signal to this nation."

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1 p.m.

A Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Philando Castile told his partner shortly before pulling the black motorist over that he looked like a suspect in a convenience store robbery.

But a criminal complaint says an investigation has ruled out the 32-year-old Castile as a suspect in that robbery.

Other details in the complaint include a report that one of seven bullets fired by Officer Jeronimo Yanez struck the back seat where the young daughter of Castile's girlfriend was sitting. Another struck the armrest between Castile and his girlfriend.

Yanez was charged with two felony counts for recklessly firing his weapon.

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11:45 a.m.

A prosecutor says the Minnesota police officer charged in the shooting death of a black man hasn't been arrested but has agreed to turn himself in.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he expects St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez to make his first court appearance Friday on a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile.

In announcing the charges Wednesday, Choi said Yanez was not justified in using deadly force against the 32-year-old Castile during a traffic stop in suburban St. Paul on July 6.

Yanez is Latino.

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11:30 a.m.

A Minnesota prosecutor says evidence shows Philando Castile, a black motorist, complied with a police officer and told him he was carrying a gun in the critical moments before he was shot to death.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Wednesday that when Castile's body was pulled from the car, his .40-caliber handgun was deep in a front pocket of his shorts.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled Castile over in a St. Paul suburb July 6. Choi says evidence including squad car video shows that when Yanez approached the car, Castile calmly told him he was carrying a gun.

Choi says the officer told Castile not to pull it out, and Castile and his girlfriend both responded that he wasn't. Choi says the officer then screamed, pulled his gun and fired seven shots.

Choi announced second-degree manslaughter charges against Yanez on Wednesday.

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11:05 a.m.

A Minnesota prosecutor says the police officer who shot and killed a black motorist in suburban St. Paul in July had no good reason to use deadly force.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Wednesday that he is filing second-degree manslaughter charges against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez.

Yanez shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile on July 6 during a traffic stop. The shooting's aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, who was in the car with him.

Choi says Castile had informed Yanez when the officer approached the car that he had a handgun. But Choi says evidence shows that Castile never removed or tried to remove the gun from his right pocket.

Choi says unreasonable fear on the part of a police officer cannot justify the use of deadly force.

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10:40 a.m.

A Minnesota police officer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of a black man in a St. Paul suburb.

Prosecutors announced the charge against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez on Wednesday.

Yanez fatally shot 32-year-old Philando Castile during a July 6 traffic stop in Falcon Heights. The shooting's gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, who was with him. She said Castile was shot while reaching for his ID after telling Yanez he had a gun permit and was armed.

Yanez is Latino. Castile was black.

Family members claim Castile was racially profiled. Yanez's attorney has said the officer made the stop because Castile looked like a possible match for an armed robbery suspect, and Yanez reacted to the presence of a gun.

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9:10 a.m.

Authorities are planning to provide an update about their investigation into the killing of a black man who was shot by a Minnesota police officer.

Prosecutors have been considering charges against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez. They are planning to provide an update Wednesday morning.

Yanez fatally shot 32-year-old Philando Castile during a July 6 traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. The shooting's gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend. She said Castile was shot while reaching for his ID after telling Yanez he had a gun permit and was armed.

The announcement comes a day after the one-year anniversary of another high-profile police killing in Minnesota. Jamar Clark was killed in Minneapolis last year. No charges were filed in that case.
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