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Shoes and a gun on the ground outside Philando Castile's blood-stained car as Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) investigators take photographs of the scene of where a St. Anthony Police officer shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile in a car near Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on July 6, 2016. Shoes and a gun on the ground outside Philando Castile's blood-stained car as Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) investigators take photographs of the scene of where a St. Anthony Police officer shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile in a car near Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on July 6, 2016.

Castile, pulled over for a broken taillight, informed officer he had a gun.

A Minnesota police officer has been acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black motorist. 

With another woman and her daughter in the car, Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile five times just seconds after Castile informed him he was carrying a gun. 

Yanez testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so. The defense also argued Castile was high on marijuana and said that affected his actions. 

Castile had a permit for the weapon. Prosecutors questioned whether Yanez ever saw the gun. They argued that the officer overreacted and that Castile was not a threat. 

The case garnered immediate attention because Castile's girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook.

Yanez was also cleared Friday of two lesser charges in the July traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb. 

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