Stars Outraged Over Philando Castile Death Verdict
by Mike Winslow
(AllHipHop News) Common and Q-Tip are among the outraged stars venting their frustrations on social media after the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile in July, 2016, was acquitted by a jury.
The sickening incident, which was streamed on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, sparked a series of violent clashes between police and protesters last summer – but even the footage wasn’t enough to convict Minnesota cop Jeronimo Yanez, who pulled the victim over for a broken taillight.
Castile told the officer he had a gun on him, which was not visible, and Yanez shot the driver five times, while his girlfriend’s four-year-old daughter watched from the back seat.
Activists were hoping the cop would be severely punished for his actions, but a jury let him walk free on Friday , and Common and Tip were among a number of stars stunned at the verdict.
Yanez was found not guilty of all counts in the fatal shooting of Castile after a 12-member jury spent 27 hours deliberating the case over five days.
Yanez, 29, had been charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm for killing Castile, 32.
On Friday afternoon a spokesman for the city of St. Anthony in Minnesota issued a statement saying the police officer would no longer be employed in the area.
After the verdict, Castile’s mother, Valerie told the media, “There has always been a systemic problem in the state of Minnesota, and me thinking, common sense that we would get justice. But nevertheless the system continues to fail black people. I am so disappointed in the state of Minnesota. My son loved Minnesota. He had one tattoo on his body and it was of the Twin Cities. My son loved this city, and the city killed my son and the murderer gets away.”