Philando Castile Case Continues; Officer Charged

Dylan Fairooz, Staff Reporter

You may remember Philando Castile, the 32-year-old father who was shot and killed, while his girlfriend recorded it all on Facebook.

CNN says that on Wednesday, November 16 the Minnesota police officer who killed Castile was charged with Second-degree manslaughter and dangerous discharge of a firearm.

Officer Yanez had his first court date on Friday the 18th.

The girlfriend of Castile said during an ABC news interview, that the officer should have been charged with murder instead of manslaughter.

The difference between murder and manslaughter is that murder is the deliberate killing of someone, while manslaughter is killing another human being without malice (intending to do so).

She stated that, “Murder to the highest extent of the law would be more suitable to this case… At the end of the day, none of that is going to bring my boyfriend back.”

Castile’s family was happy to know the officer was actually being charged with a crime.

The family believes that he was racially profiled, saying, “if he were a white man he would’ve been let go.” Based on the reasoning the officer pulled them over if he were a white man he wouldn’t have been pulled over.

CNN says in an interview Yanez says Castile was pulling a dark object from his pocket, and he thought he was going to die. He then told CNN that he didn’t remember the first shots but that he did remember the last two.