Video: Activists at rally call charges in Philando Castile shooting 'soft'

Activists rallied Wednesday night, saying the charges against Officer Yanez are too "soft."

"It's a step in the right direction anyways, somebody needs to be held accountable." That was Tony Carter's reaction to Wednesday's news that Officer Jeronimo Yanez would face second-degree manslaughter charges for fatally shooting Philando Castile last July.

Wednesday evening dozens of activists gathered at J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul, where Castile used to work, to say those charges are not enough.

"We don't get no justice, they don't get no peace," people chanted.

At a press conference earlier on Wednesday, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said his office decided to pursue second degree manslaughter charges because it's the "highest, most provable offense."

"I think the charges were very soft," Deirdre Darovik told GoMN. "I think putting seven rounds into a car with a family is beyond manslaughter."

Several others, like Paige Severson, echoed those thoughts. "Sounds like murder, should be charged with murder," she said.

Even though many wished the charges would have been harsher – like first degree manslaughter or a homicide charge – some say they're glad an officer in Minnesota is being charged this time. Lawyers working on the case have said this might be the first time ever in Minnesota that an officer has been charged in a fatal shooting.

Rayshawn Jackson says something is better than nothing.

"We're going to take these little baby steps and were not going to let up," Jackson said.

Following the rally at the school, the activists took to the streets for a march.

Unicorn Riot has been live-streaming the event here.

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, Philando's mother – Valerie Castile – spoke out saying she supports the charges. She added that while she is not against protesting, she wants activists to be peaceful.

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