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Lawyer for Minnesota cop who killed Philando Castile, says victim’s gun to blame, not race

July 10, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Lawyer for Minnesota cop who killed Philando Castile, says victim’s gun to blame, not race

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Authorities confirmed that the black man who was killed by a police officer in Minnesota during a traffic stop has a conceal carry permit, just as his fiancée originally reported.

According to the New York Daily News, 32-year-old Philando Castile occupied a valid license for his firearm when he was killed Officer Jeronimo Yanez in Falcon Heights.

The officer’s attorney asserted in a statement that Yanez fatally shot Castile after he showed the gun to the officer.

Thomas Kelly, Yanez’s lawyer, said that the officer, “was reacting to the actions of the driver … This had nothing to do with race. This had everything to do with the presence of a gun … and the display of that gun.”

The lawyer would not provide additional details about what led the officer to shoot at the victim.

Kelly also failed to address whether Castile had informed the officer about the firearm or the license before the cop opened fire. However, the victim’s fiancée Diamond Reynolds, who was also in the car with her 4-year-old child, has maintained that the victim informed the officer that there was a gun in his vehicle.

Reynold posted a live feed on Facebook after the shooting and said: “He’s licensed to carry, he was trying to get his ID … and he let the officer know he had a firearm.”

The live stream that the woman posted recorded the dying man with blood all over his shirt. The cop reportedly provided the victim with no medical attention and other officers on the scene were instead taking care of Yanez, who appeared distraught.

Yanez and Officer Joseph Kauser, his partner, are currently on paid administrative leave. Yanez, who opened fire on the driver’s side of the car, is “saddened about the loss to Philando’s family,” his attorney announced.

The Star-Tribune reported that neither officer is the subject of a lawsuit at this time.

Peaceful protests extended into its third day in Minnesota, with approximately 30 protestors gathering outside the governor’s mansion.

The deadly incident happened in a white town which is policed by cops from a neighboring city.

Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, criticized the police force and said that he believed the nature of the traffic stop and what happened soon after was based on Castile’s race.

He said, the day after the incident, “Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver, would have been white?”

Dayton continued, “I don’t think it would have. This kind of racism exists.”

The governor’s declaration appeared confirmed by a report that indicated police stopped Castile 52 times in the last 14 years.

The stops occurred almost every four months and resulted in 86 violations.

Less than half of the charges were prosecuted, with Castile pleading guilty to minor charges that included driving without insurance and driving without a license that was revoked, he paid a total of $6,588 in penalties.

Across the nation, statistics from a U.S. Justice Department survey suggest that 13% of black drivers were stopped in 2011 compared with 10% of white drivers.

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