Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Local | By Ada Griffith

After the Castile Verdict, Some Ask: Where is The NRA?

After the Castile Verdict, Some Ask: Where is The NRA?

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been found not guilty of all counts for killing Philando Castile.

The free agent quarterback tweeted condolences to the Castile family and then posted a tweet comparing modern police officers to fugitive slave patrols. In court, Yanez testified that Philando was pulling the firearm out of his pocket, despite being told not to.

"A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without outcome, doesn't need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled!" The shooting garnered national attention when Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed the aftermath of the incident on Facebook Live.

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Slave patrols were common in southern U.S. states where white men would monitor and enforce discipline on black slaves. The march came just a day after protesters shutdown Interstate 94 in response to the verdict.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi charged Yanez with second degree manslaughter for shooting Castile.

Speaking after the verdict, Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, said her son was "murdered". In a reference to the radical Black Lives Matter movement, Kaepernick said, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color".

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