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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.

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:

1. Ralph Ellis. CNN. November 16, 2016. “Officer charged with manslaughter in Philando Castile killing.” Retrieved via

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