The frazzled police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who shot and killed Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter today in court.
Philando was shot after he alerted the police officer that he was legally carrying a gun. The incident was infamously broadcasted live over Facebook by Philando’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, while her 6-year old-daughter was in the back seat.
Office Yanez fired 7 shots into the car, claiming to have been afraid and confused and claiming that Castile had reached for his gun even after he was instructed not to. The Facebook Live video shows the aftermath of the event.
Philando’s mother spoke to the press today and continues to assert that her son was murdered by the Minnesota police officer. “The system continues to fail black people,” she said. “My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away! Are you kidding me right now?
Castile, a elementary school cafeteria supervisor, was a role model to hundreds of children, memorizing their names and food allergies before he senselessly was shot and killed.
Celebs made their feelings known on Twitter:
Truth lies somewhere here: until we value & speak for the lives of all people, we remain hinged to this chapter of history. #PhilandoCastile
— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) June 16, 2017
It’s beating a dead horse….but don’t talk to me about how offensive Kap taking a knee was if you aren’t offended by #PhilandoCastile Case
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) June 16, 2017
It wasn’t even a murder charge. It was second degree manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm.
Not guilty. #PhilandoCastile
— Nish Weiseth (@NishWeiseth) June 16, 2017
What is the meaning of freedom denied? Injustice. #PhilandoCastile
— a. rye✊🏾 (@angela_rye) June 16, 2017
Every time you think of Poussey, think of a real Human Being. Shed a real tear. Get angry about a real death. #PhilandoCastile
— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) June 16, 2017