Minnesota (PPN) – Freedom and justice for all except young black men.
For decades and many more to come, our justice system has let another officer free after killing a citizen.
Philando Castile’s family sat in a Minnesota courtroom Friday awaiting a jury’s decision and like so many other African-American families whom sat in that same seat, they were let down by the justice system.
After five days and over twenty-five hours of deliberation, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty in the shooting death of Philando Castile.
Last year in July 2016, Yanez pulled over Castile while his fiancée’ and 4 year-old daughter were both in the car. Castile had a legal permit to carry a weapon, informed in the officer, and still was shot and killed in front of his fiancée’ and child.
Yanez was charged with manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm. Of the 12 jury members, only 2 were black and the others were white.
“The system continues to fail black people,” said Valerie Castile. “My son loved this city and this city killed my son and let the murderer get away.
The Police department have not made an official termination announcement in regards to Yanez but stated that he would not return to “active duty”.
Philando Casitle, 32, was reaching for his identification card and Yanez shot him several times.
“He had no reason to do that. He had every reason not to do that. It doesn’t make sense,” said prosecutor Jeffrey Paulsen.