Minnesota Cop Acquitted In Fatal Shooting Of Black Driver

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The US cop who shot dead black motorist Philando Castile has been acquitted of manslaughter.

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The fatal shooting by officer Jeronimo Yanez in Minnesota was one of several to spark the Black Lives Matter movement.

The killing gained notoriety after Mr Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds live-streamed the bloody aftermath on Facebook.

His furious mother spoke of her anger last night after a jury, 10 of whom were white, found the officer not guilty.

They spent 25 hours considering a verdict before clearing Yanez on all charges.

"I'm mad as hell right now," Valerie Castile told reporters after the verdict. "My first-born son died. ...

"Just because he was a police officer, that makes it OK."

She said the verdict shows "the system continues to fail black people."

Philando Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker, was pulled over in the city of St Paul by Yanez and another officer.

They claimed he had a broken tail light although this was later disputed and Mr Castile's family said his crime was nothing other than 'driving while black'.

Mr Castile then was asked to produce his licence and registration.

He told officer Yanez he was licensed to carry a firearm and that he had one in his pocket as he reached for his ID.

Yanez shot him seven times.

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