The verdict was reached Friday after four days of deliberation.
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In a case that reignites the debate about a lack of convictions of officers in police shootings, particularly involving African Americans, a Minnesota police officer was found not guilty Friday of manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile.
Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live streamed the aftermath of the confrontation. She said Castile, 32, was reaching for his identification when he was fatally shot at a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb. The officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was also cleared of two lesser charges in the July incident.
Despite viral videos and widespread concern over fatal shootings of unarmed black men across the United States, convictions of cops have been rare — even in high profile cases.
According to a research study by professor Philip Stinson of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, there are around 1,000 police shootings each year in the U.S. Since 2005, when Stinson started keeping record of the shootings, 80 officers had been arrested for fatal on-duty shootings but only 28 were convicted — which equates to 35%. The rest were either pending trial or not convicted.
Here are some of the high-profile cases:
Case summary: In the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley, 28, at a New York housing project, police officer Peter Liang claimed it was an…