“System Fails Black People” – Mother Of Murdered Philando Castile


The mother of murdered black motorists Philando Castile says she is “mad as hell”, after a jury returned a not guilty verdict for his death.

Castile’s mother, Valerie, speaking to reporters outside the court after the verdict, said: “I’m mad as hell right now. Yes, I am. My first born son died. … Just because he was a police officer, that makes it OK.”

She said the verdict shows “the system continues to fail black people”, adding, “My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away … Are you kidding me right now? We are not evolving as a civilization, we are devolving.”

Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop last year, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter.

Yanez shot Castile, 32, last July in an incident that drew national attention and local protests when the driver’s girlfriend, who was sitting in the passenger seat, streamed the aftermath on social media.

The officer had testified that he was afraid for his life and that Castile did not follow his orders.

The shooting in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights, like similar incidents across the United States, fueled debate about the appropriate use of force by law enforcement against minorities.

A rally “to demand justice (and) accountability” was planned for Friday night at the state capitol by several groups including the local chapter of Black Lives Matter.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said the city would open two community centers and a college for community discussion on Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Castile’s sister, Allysza Castile, who spoke after her mother, said, “I will never have faith in the system.”

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