The fate of Officer Jeronimo Yanez now rests in the hands of the jury as day two of deliberations begins. Yanez is charged with manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm. In closing arguments Monday, the prosecution said Philando Castile did what he was supposed to do when Yanez pulled him over for a brake light violation on July 6th. They say Castile was non-threatening and offered no resistance to Yanez’ commands. But the defense paints a much different picture of the events that day, saying Castile was high on marijuana and ignored Yanez’ commands—to the point of pulling out his gun. The state disputes that Castile pulled the gun out and says he was reaching for his wallet. The defense contends the state failed “miserably” in proving Yanez’ guilt. The state closed its case by saying “we all know this is a sad case, but it’s not a hard case to assign liability.” That’s precisely the task that now falls to the jury.
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