Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile's death

Thousands protested in Minnesota on Friday after the acquittal of the police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year; 18 were arrested.

The protesters gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol and marched through the streets of St. Paul on Friday night to decry the not guilty verdict returned by a jury in the manslaughter trial of former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez. An estimated 2,000 people participated in the march, part of which shut down a major highway, according to the St. Paul Police Department.

Yanez, 29, shot Castile, 32, multiple times on July 6, 2016, seconds after the black motorist alerted the officer that he was carrying a gun, during the traffic stop. Castile had a permit for the weapon.

Yanez, who is Latino, was charged with second-degree manslaughter.

The mostly-white jury deliberated for some 29 hours over the course of five days this week before reaching the not guilty verdict. After the verdict was read Friday afternoon, the city of St. Anthony swiftly announced plans to dismiss Yanez, despite his acquittal. City officials said they would offer him a “voluntary separation” because they had determined “the public will be best served” if he is no longer an officer in St. Anthony.

Friday’s march remained largely peaceful. Seven people were arrested during the massive demonstration near the state Capitol and no injuries were reported, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. (GMA)

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Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Protester Maya (last name withheld) yells at law enforcement during a gathering on Interstate 94, after a jury found St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile, at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., June 16, 2017. Picture taken June 16, 2017. (Adam Bettcher/Reuters)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Supporters of Philando Castile hold a portrait of Castile as they march along University Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., leaving a vigil at the state Capitol on Friday, June 16, 2017. The vigil was held after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared of all charges in the fatal shooting last year of Castile. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Demonstrators hold signs as they as they block traffic on Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., after leaving a vigil at the state Capitol on Friday, June 16, 2017. A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Supporters of Philando Castile hold signs as they march along University Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., leaving a vigil at the state Capitol on Friday, June 16, 2017. St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared of all charges in the fatal shooting last year of Castile. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

A protester raises her hands after being contained by law enforcement, while being arrested during a march on Interstate 94 after a jury found St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile, at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., June 16, 2017. Picture taken June 16, 2017. (Adam Bettcher/Reuters)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Police and demonstrators stand on Interstate 94 on Friday night, June 16, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. A Minnesota police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Protestors carry a banner depicting Philando Castile on June 16, 2017 in St Paul, Minnesota. Protests erupted in Minnesota after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on all counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

St. Paul, Minn., police stand by after issuing a warning to disperse to demonstrators, Friday night, June 16, 2017 Supporters of Philando Castile held signs as they as they blocked Interstate 94 after leaving a vigil at the state Capitol. A St. Anthony police officer was cleared Friday of all charges in the fatal shooting of Castile last year. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Protestors shut down highway 94 on June 16, 2017 in St Paul, Minnesota. Protests erupted in Minnesota after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on all counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Members of the Minnesota State Patrol arrest protesters during a gathering on Interstate 94 after a jury found St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile, at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., June 16, 2017. (Adam Bettcher/Reuters)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

People hold signs as demonstrators block traffic on Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, June 16, 2017. A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Protesters walk along a street after a vigil outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, June 16, 2017. A Minnesota police officer was cleared earlier Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Valerie Castile, the mother Philando Castile, addresses the media after Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty on all counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile, Friday, June 16, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Supporters of Philando Castile hold their fists up in solidarity during a gathering Friday, June 16, 2017, outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. The vigil was held after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Castile last year. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Kate Khaled, of St. Paul, Minn., and her two sons, Jibreel, 8, left, and Esa, 7, sit Friday, June 16, 2017, at the memorial near the site where Philando Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop by St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez last July. The two boys went to J.J. Hill Montessori and knew “Mr. Phil.” Yanez was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

A woman protests in support of Philando Castile during a rally on the capitol steps after a jury found St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Castile, in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. June 16, 2017. (Eric Miller/Reuters)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Protesters hold signs in support of Philando Castile during a rally on the capitol steps after a jury found St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Castile, in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. June 16, 2017. (Eric Miller/Reuters)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

John Thompson, center, a friend and former co-worker of Philando Castile, talks Friday, June 16, 2017, outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., about the loss of his friend and the police officer who was cleared Friday in Castile’s fatal shooting last year. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Outrage over officer acquittal in Philando Castile’s death

Bob Edwards, of St. Anthony, uses a mallet Friday, June 16, 2017, in Falcon Heights, Minn., to install a sign he made near the site where Philando Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop by St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez last year. Yanez was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

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