Protesters marching against Castile verdict

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Hundreds of demonstrators marched from Minnesota's state Capitol Friday night to protest a police officer's acquittal in the fatal shooting last year of a black motorist.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared Friday in last July's death of Philando Castile. Yanez shot Castile during a July 6 traffic stop seconds after Castile informed him he was carrying a gun.

The officer testified that Castile was ignoring his commands not to pull out the gun and he feared for his life.

The crowd Friday evening is mixed and includes many children, including some who are stenciling posters as the event continues.

Some protesters say they plan to begin a march to the nearby St. Paul Cathedral and back.

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