No justice, no peace.
Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who murdered Black motorist Philando Castile, was acquitted of all charges on Friday.
Yanez was originally charged with second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety. However, our criminal justice system decided to let him walk free. Almost immediately after the verdict, a deputy tried to stop Castile's mother, Valerie, to which she screamed “Let me go.”
“My son loved this city, and this city killed my son," Valerie continued. "And a murderer gets away. Are you kidding me right now? The system in this country continues to fail Black people and will continue to fail us.”
The verdict came on the fifth day of deliberations, following the acquittal last month of an Oklahoma police officer who killed an unarmed black man and a prosecutor’s decision in 2016 not to charge the Minneapolis officers who killed Jamar Clark, yet another black man.
Rest in Paradise, Philando. Our system did you wrong.