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“The system continues to fail black people” – Philando Castile’s Mother on Acquittal of Cop Who Shot Son Dead



The police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile, the black motorist whose girlfriend streamed the immediate aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook, was on Friday acquitted of all charges.

According to Aljazeera, Jeronimo Yanez, the police officer, testified to the court that Castile was reaching for his gun despite being told not to do so.

Yanez was also cleared of two lesser charges of endangering Castile’s girlfriend Lavish Reynolds and her daughter.

Speaking to the press, Philando Castile’s mother Valerie Castile said the policeman got away with murder.

“The system continues to fail black people, and they will continue to fail you all … When they get done with us, they’re coming for you, for you, for you, and all your interracial children. Ya’ll are next,” she said.



  1. JAY

    June 17, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    this is really sad

  2. Passerby

    June 17, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Who is Orlando Castille? Thought his name was Philando??? Who edits for BellaNaija? Try to up your standards.
    Really sad the way this ended. All a cop needs to say is that he feared for his life and his impulse to kill an innocent person becomes acceptable. Wonder if it would be if it were the other way round…God sees all. There’s another day in paradise.

  3. Tracy Edward

    June 18, 2017 at 2:35 am

    This is the reason why we should together build Nigeria and stop this hate speech. We are Black, nobody loves us, so we have to love ourselves and build the Nation and protect it. Thank you.
    It is really sad. I pray for God pace on this family in Jesus Namen Amen

    • Bimpe

      June 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Amen o!

  4. Simon

    June 18, 2017 at 5:09 am

    This we show you that were diffrent in this is beautifull let come together to love each other.

  5. Cocolette

    June 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    I don’t believe this! How was he acquitted of all charges?!!!! ?

  6. Sibo

    June 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Why didn’t he just taser the guy? I’m not understand?

  7. sam

    June 18, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    if you still don’t understand, the simple how is that… the policeman is white and the driver is black. This won’t be the first time white policemen get acquitted of all charges…its just how the system works. God help us!

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