Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced that the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile earlier this year will be charged with second degree manslaughter.
On Wednesday, during a news conference, Choi said that after a thorough investigation of the incident, authorities had determined that the use of deadly force was not justified.
Philando Castile was fatally shot July 6 during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights in Minnesota. The shocking aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, who says Castile was shot while reaching for his ID after he told the officer he had a gun permit and was armed.
Family members have claimed that Castile, a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker who was black, was racially profiled when he was pulled over by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, a Latino.
Here’s AP’s timeline of some key events:
July 6: Castile is fatally shot after Yanez stops his car in Falcon Heights. Castile’s girlfriend livestreams the aftermath on Facebook and the widely shared video draws protesters to the scene.
July 7: Protesters converge overnight at Gov. Mark Dayton’s official residence in nearby in St. Paul. The Democratic governor says he doesn’t think the shooting would have happened if Castile had been white. More than 1,000 people gather that evening at the school where Castile worked, and hundreds walk back afterward to the governor’s residence.
July 8: Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he’ll decide later whether he or a grand jury will decide on any charges against Yanez.
July 9: Attorney Thomas Kelly says Yanez was reacting to the presence of the gun when he opened fire on Castile. He says the shooting had nothing to do with race. Police use chemical irritants to clear rock-and-bottle-throwing demonstrators from Interstate 94 in St. Paul. Officers arrest over 100 people. Police say 21 officers were hurt; none seriously.
July 10: The governor condemns the shutdown of I-94 as “unlawful and extremely dangerous.”
July 11: Forty-six people are charged with rioting for the I-94 protest. Kelly says Yanez thought Castile looked like “a possible match” for a suspect in a recent armed robbery.
July 12: Castile’s family says they will file a lawsuit in his death.
July 13: Police arrest 42 protesters who block traffic on Interstate 35W near downtown Minneapolis during the morning rush.
July 14: A funeral for Castile at the St. Paul Cathedral draws thousands of mourners.
July 26-27: Police arrest 69 protesters outside the governor’s residence as officers clear out the blocked street in front of the mansion.
July 29: Choi adds former U.S. Department of Justice attorney and former Hamline University Law School Don Lewis, who is black, to his team as a special prosecutor in a bid to enhance trust in the results of the investigation.
Aug. 24: The St. Anthony Police Department says it put Yanez back on administrative leave after he had briefly returned to limited duty, citing “concerns and other feedback from the community.”
Sept. 28: The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says it has completed its investigation and turned over its findings to Choi.
Nov. 16: Prosecutors announce that Yanez has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in Castile’s shooting. The announcement comes one day after the anniversary of the high-profile killing by police of another black man in Minnesota, Jamar Clark in Minneapolis. No charges have been filed in that case.