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Manslaughter Charge for Cop in Shooting of Black Driver

Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile over the summer in Minnesota
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 16, 2016 2:16 PM CST
Cop Who Shot Philando Castile Charged With Manslaughter
Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of Philando Castile.   (Christian Dobratz via AP, File)

(Newser) – A Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black man during a traffic stop in suburban St. Paul this summer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, the AP reports. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Wednesday that St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, was not justified in using deadly force when he fired seven shots at Philando Castile on July 6. Castile's death led to massive protests and dozens of arrests. The case was among a series across the country since mid-2014 that have spurred a national debate over race and policing. (Read more Philando Castile stories.)

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