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Citizen Journalism Leads to Second-Degree Manslaughter Charge



Citizen journalism and a live facebook streamled to second-degree manslaughtercharge being handed out to Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony police officer according to a CNN report. An incident between Philando Castileand the Minnesota police officer resulted in the officer fatally shooting the victim.

The shooting happened at a traffic stop for a broken tailgate per the victim’s girlfriend statement in the video in July 2016. Per CNN, the officer “was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said.” [1]

Founding attorney of criminal defense law firm 1.800.NoCuffs Darren Kavinoky says, “This is a case that may never have been filed were it not for ‘ citizen journalists‘ armed with smartphones. That said, while there are always special challenges as a criminal defense lawyer representing law enforcement officers, those problems are amplified when the alleged crime (or, like in this case, the aftermath) is caught on tape.

Adds Kavinoky, “As a criminal defense attorney who has spoken to hundreds of jurors after criminal trials, I know first hand how powerful video evidence can be. The adage that a picture is worth a thousand words is never truer than inside a criminal courtroom.”

After reviewing this video evidence the Ramsey County Attorney John Choi did not find evidence that deadly force was warranted. You can watch the video here:

SOURCES
1. Ralph Ellis. CNN. November 16, 2016. “Officer charged with manslaughter in Philando Castile killing.” Retrieved via http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/16/us/officer-charged-philando-castile-killing/index.html


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