ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Five potential jurors have moved to the next round as a jury is selected for the manslaughter trial of a Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black motorist.
The judge and attorneys Wednesday questioned potential jurors about their feelings toward law enforcement and knowledge of gun permits. Prosecutors say St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez shot 32-year-old Philando Castile during a July traffic stop after Castile said he had a gun. Yanez is Latino.
A total of five people have been excused, including a man who said he saw no reason for an officer to shoot a gun into a vehicle with a child in the back.
Castile’s girlfriend was in the car along with her young daughter and streamed the shooting’s aftermath live on Facebook.
Jury selection resumes Thursday.