Charges dropped against remaining 17 people who protested Castile killing

August 1, 2018

The remaining protesters fighting criminal charges for demonstrating outside the governors residence after Philando Castile was killed by a police officer in 2016 will not be prosecuted.

The St. Paul city attorneys office said Wednesday that it is dropping all charges against the last 17 people who were arrested in the protests.

We reviewed these cases with fairness and adherence to the applicable laws, said City Attorney Lyndsey Olson said in a written statement. In light of the evidence, we have determined that further pursuit of these charges is not in our citys best interest.

Castile was fatally shot by then-St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights on July 6, 2016.

The killing, which was partly broadcast live on Facebook by Castiles girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, set off days of protests outside the governors residence on Summit Avenue in St. Paul, culminating in the arrest of 73 people in late July.

Of those arrested, 49 pleaded guilty in their cases, accepting either a petty misdemeanor or diversion options, the city attorney said. The rest proceeded to trial, with six being acquitted and one being convicted.

The 17 cases dismissed Wednesday were awaiting trial.

Yanez was acquitted of all charges at his trial, and entered a voluntary separation agreement with St. Anthony and left his job.

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