Police Officer Who Killed Philando Castile Charged With Manslaughter!

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It’s been over four months since Philando Castile was shot dead by police in Minnesota, but we’re happy to say at least one black life officially matters in America.

That’s because St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was officially charged with manslaughter on Wednesday — with two additional felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm, just to be safe.

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As you hopefully remember, the 32-year-old cafeteria worker was killed by the cop during a routine traffic stop on July 6. However, the story only really took off once his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds started streaming his murder on Facebook Live — right in front of her 4-year-old daughter!

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi condemned Jeronimo’s use of deadly force while announcing the charges, saying:

“Based upon our thorough and exhaustive review of the facts of the case it is my conclusion that the use of deadly force was not justified. No reasonable officer knowing, seeing, and hearing what Officer Yanez did at the time would have used deadly force under these circumstances.”

We hate to break it to ya, John… but there are tons of other officers who get away with the same crime every year — so “reasonable” isn’t something that will be easy to argue.

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In the end, Jeronimo now faces up to 15 years behind bars and $30,000 in fines for the trio of charges; his trial begins on Friday.

It’s not justice for Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Alton Sterling, Rekia Boyd, and countless others — but at least it’s a start.

Rest in peace, Philando.

[Image via St. Anthony Police Dept.]

Nov 16, 2016 5:17pm PST

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