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        Few Trials of Police Shootings End in Convictions | PBS NewsHour

        In July 2016, a young black male named Philando Castile was fatally shot by police officer Jeronimo Yanez outside of St. Paul, Minnesota during a traffic stop due to a broken tail light. After jurors watched disturbing dash-cam footage of the shooting, they acquitted Yanez. Last week, the dash-cam footage went public. 1,155 people were killed by police in 2016 and, only 13 officers were brought charges. Black Americans are killed at three times the rate of others in these cases. Since 2005, 82 United States law enforcement officials have been charged with murder or manslaughter for on-duty shootings. However, only 29 have been convicted, and just 5 for murder. Brittany Packnett, the co-founder of Campaign Zero, an organization calling for police reform, says that the reason so few police trials end in convictions is representative of a systemic problem in the police force. 

        June 23, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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