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‘God Help America’: Philando Castile’s Girlfriend Speaks Out After Cop’s Acquittal

By in Huffington Post on June 16, 2017

By Andy Campbell

Philando Castile’s family and friends were outraged on Friday after a jury acquitted the officer who last year fatally shot the 32-year-old while he sat in his car.

St. Anthony Police officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty on a charge of second-degree manslaughter. The Minnesota cop went to trial after he shot Castile during a traffic stop last July.

Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter were in the car at the time. Reynolds live-streamed the aftermath of the shooting, which brought worldwide attention to the case.

She said Friday that she was “incredibly disappointed with the jury’s verdict.”

“My boyfriend, Philando Castile, was pulled over because, per officer Yanez, he had a wide nose and looked like a suspect,” she said, according to KSTP producer Ben Rodgers. “It is a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman. God help America.”

Statement from Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds: “I am incredibly disappointed with the jury’s verdict.”

— Ben Rodgers (@BenRodgers1) June 16, 2017

Castile’s mother, Valerie, didn’t mince words after the verdict.

“The system in this country continues to fail black people and will continue to fail us,” she said outside the courtroom. “My son loved this city, and this city killed my son. And a murderer gets away. Are you kidding me right now?”

Philando Castile’s mother after verdict: “My son loved this city. And this city killed my son.”

— Crystal Johnson (@Crystal1Johnson) June 16, 2017

The trial was often a back-and-forth between Reynolds and the officer. Yanez claimed on the stand that he opened fire when he thought Castile was grabbing for a gun; Reynolds contended that Castile was cooperating with the officer’s instructions.

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