Minnesota officer charged in black man’s killing

TV Judge Glenda Hatchett, right, speaks as Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, listens during a news conference on the State Capitol grounds Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. Hatchett is representing the Castile family in the shooting death by police of Philando Castile last week in Falcon Heights, Minn. after a traffic stop by St. Anthony police. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
TV Judge Glenda Hatchett, right, speaks as Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, listens during a news conference on the State Capitol grounds Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. Hatchett is representing the Castile family in the shooting death by police of Philando Castile last week in Falcon Heights, Minn. after a traffic stop by St. Anthony police. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) –  A Minnesota police officer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of a black man in a St. Paul suburb.

Prosecutors announced the charge against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez on Wednesday.

Yanez fatally shot 32-year-old Philando Castile during a July 6 traffic stop in Falcon Heights. The shooting’s gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, who was with him. She said Castile was shot while reaching for his ID after telling Yanez he had a gun permit and was armed.

Yanez is Latino. Castile was black.

Family members claim Castile was racially profiled. Yanez’s attorney has said the officer made the stop because Castile looked like a possible match for an armed robbery suspect, and Yanez reacted to the presence of a gun.

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