I’m Bill Hudson, a reporter for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. I was in the courtroom when the Officer Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter after he shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop. AMA.
The shooting of Philando Castille gained national attention when the aftermath was streamed live on Facebook – promoting protests in the Twin Cities and across the county. After days of deliberations, the jury found the officer involved in the shooting not guilty on all counts. I’ve been a reporter with WCCO-TV since 1989, and covered this trial since it started. Ask me all of your questions about the trial, testimonies and verdict reactions. For background, here’s WCCO’s full story on the trial: http://cbsloc.al/2s3kz2f as well as a timeline from the shooting to the trial: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/06/14/timeline-philando-castile-jeronimo-yanez/
Update - Thank you everyone for your very thoughtful questions. Very engaging discussion and one I am sure will continue for a long time. I have to be honest and tell you this was among the most difficult trials I have covered in my career. Nobody feels good about the situation! Thank you all.