National Football League free agent Colin Kaepernick has compared police officers to fugitive slave patrolmen after a Minnesota cop was acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black motorist.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback tweeted a picture of a police badge and a slave catcher badge with the caption, "A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without effect, doesn't need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled!" A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.
Castile's case was particularly controversial because his girlfriend was streaming to Facebook live after St. Anthony police office Jeronimo Yanez pulled his service pistol and fatally shot Castile seven times as her young daughter sat in the backseat of the auto.
The 29-year-old is still unsigned in the NFL. Reynolds says in the footage that the couple was pulled over for a broken tail light, adding that the "police shot him for no apparent reason, no reason at all". The officer testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so. According to the defense, Philando was high on marijuana.
A jury on Friday declared Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second-degree manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm, reports Efe news.
Yanez was also charged with two felony counts of risky discharge of a firearm because Castile's girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter were in the auto.
"I'm mad as hell right now".
"The system in this country continues to fail black people and will continue to fail us", Valerie Castile, the victim's mother, said after hearing the verdict. Castile said with anger present in her tone.
"There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder", said Kaepernick, who has also often sported a pro-Fidel Castro t-shirt at press briefings.