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5 potential jurors advance at Minnesota officer’s trial

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez stands outside the Ramsey County Courthouse while waiting for a ride Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of officer Yanez, charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights last July. The shooting of the black motorist generated national attention when the aftermath was streamed live on Facebook. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

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.

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