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Jerome Yanez, the officer accused in the shooting death of Minnesota motorist Philando Castile, will face second-degree manslaughter charges, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced at a news conference on Wednesday morning, The New York Times reports.

Yanez is also charged with two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm, the outlet reports. “It is my conclusion that the use of deadly force by Officer Yanez was not justified and that sufficient facts exist to prove this to be true,” Choi said.

Yanez is expected to turn himself in for a court appearance on Friday afternoon, Choi told reporters.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Yanez is the first officer to be charged in more than 150 police-involved deaths in Minnesota since 2000.

Castile, 32, and his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds came into contact with Yanez in the Falcon Heights suburb during a July 6 traffic stop. Reynolds captured the deadly encounter on her cell phone and posted it to Facebook. On camera, Reynolds calmly explained to Officer Yanez that Castile was in compliance with his orders and questioned why he was shot. Castile’s shooting death was vivid; the livestream showed his blood-stained shirt as he gasped for breath in his last moments.

Castile’s death set off protests locally and nationwide regarding the shooting deaths of Black men and women, with many calling for police reform.

Choi’s announcement comes a year and a day after the shooting death of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old unarmed Minnesota man killed during a confrontation with two police officers. The officers were cleared of all charges in the shooting, prompting several protests.

SOURCE: The New York TimesMinneapolis Star Tribune | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty


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