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Minnesota Officer Appears in Court in Fatal Shooting

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged this week with second-degree manslaughter

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    Minnesota Officer Appears in Court in Fatal Shooting
    This Jan. 8, 2013, file photo provided by Christian Dobratz shows St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez outside the city council chambers in St. Anthony, Minn. Prosecutors announced Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, that Yanez, the officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016, in Falcon Heights, Minn., has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing.

    A Minnesota police officer who shot a black man during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb appeared in court on criminal charges Friday.

    St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was released on his own recognizance after the brief hearing Friday. Yanez did not enter a plea; he is expected to do so at a later date. His next hearing is set for Dec. 19.

    Yanez was charged this week with second-degree manslaughter. Prosecutors say Yanez was not justified in using deadly force when he shot 32-year-old Philando Castile. The shooting happened after Castile told Yanez he was armed and licensed to carry.

    Yanez's attorney has said he was reacting to the presence of a gun.

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    The July 6 shooting gained widespread attention when Castile's girlfriend broadcast its gruesome aftermath live on Facebook.