United States police officer acquited for killing black man

United States police officer acquited for killing black man

United States police officer acquited for killing black man

A gathering and march ensued in downtown Minneapolis Saturday in response to the not guilty verdict for the St. Anthony police officer who fatally shot Philando Castille.

Kaepernick tweeted a picture juxtaposing a "fugitive slave patrol" badge, presumably worn by those who captured - and often killed - runaway slaves in the south, with a modern sheriff's star inscribed with the words "police officer".

In a June 16 tweet, Kaepernick said, "A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without outcome, doesn't need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled!"

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The aftermath of the shooting was filmed by Philando's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who posted it online, reports the Star Tribune. The officer shot Castile five times after Castile said he was carrying a gun. Castile's video and "f**k the police" stance has been applauded by many across social media and support has been rallying around the family in the wake of Yanez's acquittal. He said he was protesting police brutality, racial injustice and the oppression of people of color in the United States.

Castile's furious mother Valerie Castile gave a rousing speech outside the Ramsey County Courthouse in response to the verdict, calling her son's death a murder while saying: 'I hope (Yanez) dies tonight!'

"The system continues to fail black people", she said.

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