Lawyer: Cop who shot Castile thought he was robbery suspect

Mr Castile, 32, was shot dead in his vehicle in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St Paul, Minnesota, after police pulled him over because of a broken tail light.

A protest leader urged the group to march to the governor's mansion, where protesters have gathered since the fatal police shooting Wednesday night of Philando Castile. The Minnesota State Patrol failed to stop them from entering the freeway around 7:30 p.m.

Tyree Johnson, a protester who said he was Castile's cousin, said officers on the highway fired pellets and gas in his direction.

Kelly declined to say whether Castile told the officer that he had a permit, which his girlfriend said he tried to tell Yanez and the officer with him that night, Joe Kauser, before he was shot.

Demonstrations continued overnight into Friday, and the Ramsey County Attorney made his first public comments about the shooting.

He said Yanez, who is Latino, was reacting to seeing the gun, not to Castile's race.

"This has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with the presence of a gun", Kelly said.

"The occupation and shutting down of Interstate 94 last night were unlawful and extremely risky", Dayton said.

The officer then says that a female passenger ― presumably Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds ― has been taken into custody and that the driver is "at gunpoint".

"They're not getting any kind of the benefit of the doubt, " Smith said.

The St. Paul Police Department tweeted that one officer was hit in the face with a bottle, while another was hit by a piece of concrete.

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"I can tell you that the driver disregarded the clear commands of Officer Yanez", Kelly said.

Last year, the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommended police departments collect and analyze demographic data on all stops, searches and seizures.

Twenty-one law enforcement officers were hurt during the protests, including six state troopers.

Christian Dobratz, a former assistant professor at the university, said both officers excelled in courses on tactics and emergency response techniques. They are analyzing information in the journal, police said in a statement.

Two Dallas officers were assigned to the marked patrol auto, but officials didn't immediately say whether the officers were in the vehicle.

Some protesters condemned the activity and said the protest was largely peaceful.

Lozoya recalled him as an active, passionate, and approachable member.

Yanez is a "sensitive man" who is very distressed by what's happened, Kelly added later in a phone interview. He answered his own question saying, "I don't think it would have" reported Fox 9 News in Minneapolis-St.Paul.

In the dramatic and graphic video, Reynolds calmly explains the situation and how they were pulled over for a broken taillight while Castile lies slumped next to her, his white T-shirt drenched in blood. "I told him to get his hands up". Castile, who was driving, was shot with Reynolds and her four-year-old daughter in the auto.

Castile had been pulled over at least 52 times since 2002 and given 86 citations for minor offenses such as speeding, not wearing a seat belt, or having expired license tabs, according to the Associated Press. Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed outside the store by Baton Rouge police, where he was selling CDs.

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