When are we going to get some fxcking justice for the innocent Black lives slain in the street?! My heart is broken over the not guilty verdict in the murder – yes, MURDER – of Philando Castile.
Castile was a 32-year-old cafeteria worker who was shot and killed by Officer Jeronimo Yanez on the evening of July 6, 2016 in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. He was shot at 7 times in front of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter while reaching for his wallet during what he thought was a routine traffic stop. There were only 74 seconds between the moment Yanez turned on his police car lights to the moment he fired at Philando Castile.
Seconds after Philando’s death, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds shared the occurance in real time on Facebook live video, her child still in the backseat. I’m trying to set the scene so you all can realize how absolutely absurd this officer’s acquittal is. But the folks at MPR do a better job in the podcast 74 Seconds, which I have been listening to since before this verdict was announced yesterday.
If you all thought I was heated when I wrote about this last year, I’m completely outraged today. But at the same time, am I surprised? No. Cops continue to slaughter my people and get a slap on the wrist. Why did I expect Philando’s case to be any different? I guess I had a shred of hope because at least the cop was indicted this time. But maybe that hope was misplaced. I can’t expect a justice system that doesn’t give a shxt about Black people to get justice for Black people.
Philando was a gentle, caring guy according to his coworkers, family, and friends. But I wouldn’t care if he was a convicted felon or deadbeat dad. NOBODY deserves to have their life taken in that way. Over 5 years, Jeronimo Yanez only went through 2 hours of deescalation training. TWO. Why are cops still being taught to shoot on site and ask questions later?
I’m tired of crying about the same thing every year. We need some damn change. There has not been any justice, and I’m honestly not surprised.