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Minnesota officer charge in Castile shoot goes on trial

MINNEAPOLIS – The graphic video shows Philando Castile, the last moments of his life after he was shot by a Minnesota police officer made the headlines almost a year ago and led to calls for changes in policing.

But the patrol car video could emerge as key evidence in the case against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who goes on trial for murder this week. Jury selection begins Tuesday.

Castile, who was black, died on July 6, during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. His death received direct attention during the recording of the gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, who was in the car along with her young daughter.

Prosecutors say Yanez, who is Hispanic, shot the 32-year-old Castile after Castile told him that he was armed. The authorities later found that Castile had a permit to carry.

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