Minnesota officer charged in traffic stop shooting death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Latest on the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by a Minnesota police officer (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

A Minnesota police officer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of a black man in a St. Paul suburb.

Prosecutors announced the charge against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez on Wednesday.

Philando Castile
Philando Castile

Yanez fatally shot 32-year-old Philando Castile during a July 6 traffic stop in Falcon Heights. The shooting’s gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, who was with him. She said Castile was shot while reaching for his ID after telling Yanez he had a gun permit and was armed.

Yanez is Latino. Castile was black.

Family members claim Castile was racially profiled. Yanez’s attorney has said the officer made the stop because Castile looked like a possible match for an armed robbery suspect, and Yanez reacted to the presence of a gun.

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9:10 a.m.

Authorities are planning to provide an update about their investigation into the killing of a black man who was shot by a Minnesota police officer.

Prosecutors have been considering charges against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez. They are planning to provide an update Wednesday morning.

Yanez fatally shot 32-year-old Philando Castile during a July 6 traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. The shooting’s gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend. She said Castile was shot while reaching for his ID after telling Yanez he had a gun permit and was armed.

The announcement comes a day after the one-year anniversary of another high-profile police killing in Minnesota. Jamar Clark was killed in Minneapolis last year. No charges were filed in that case.

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11/16/2016 10:41:57 AM (GMT -6:00)

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