This will be a sad July 4th for Philando Castile’s family and his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds. In fact, all of the holidays that took place after July 6, 2016, have been heartbreaking since his fatal shooting was captured on Facebook Live.

Castile was fatally shot by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer, after being pulled over in Falcon Height for a broken tail light.

On Friday, June 16 a jury acquitted Yanez of all charges in the shooting that left Castlie dead. He had been charged with second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety by discharging a firearm in the shooting.

“Here on Earth, tell me what’s a black life worth / A bottle of juice is no excuse, the truth hurts / And even when you take the shit / Move counties get a lawyer you can shake the shit / Ask Rodney [King], LaTasha [Harlins], and many more / It’s been goin on for years, there’s plenty more / When they ask me, when will the violence cease? / When your troops stop shootin n—–s down in the street…,”says Tupac Amaru Shakur (“I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto”) whose 46th birthday was on Friday, June 16, 2017, when the unjust verdict was reached.

“And a murderer gets away. Are you kidding me right now?” Castile’s mother, Valerie said as she stood outside the courtroom. “The system in this country continues to failBblack people and will continue to fail us.”

The jury of 12 deliberated on this one question: Did the officer have reason to fear that Castile was reaching for a gun that he had acknowledged having with him when he was pulled over by the officer?

The city of St. Anthony issued a statement Friday saying they had “concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city.” They said they planned to offer him a “voluntary separation agreement,” in other words, he will not be returning to patrol.

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  • Oak510finest

    White supremacist judicial system will always protect ir’s race soldiers.

    • Karl

      Obviously, you can’t let criminals go just because they are black…
      Or white…

      Or, pink, purple, or blue.
      You do the crime, you do the crime.

      Justice system does need fixing.
      Money buys freedom.

      Corrupt!

      • Oak510finest

        @karl True, but we both know “money doesn’t buy you freedom”, being white does! Look at the poor whites and todays herion/ meth epidemic that some say is dwarfing the governmeny sponsored crack epidimic of the 80’s and 90’s.

        Those same whites are not criminalized by the media or charged and sentenced like blacks for the same non violent drug use. They created specific laws and mass incarceration for black drug use, while now conveniently ignoring the current white meth drug use.

        • Karl

          Money doesn’t buy freedom?

          Why didn’t Bill Clinton go to prison for raping Juanita Broaddrick, or for infidelity on Hillary with Monica Lewinsky?

          How did O.J. escape?

          Do you see a pattern?

          Rich/elite/HollyWood celebs are above the law.

          Doesn’t matter the color.

          Until & unless we start demanding they are held accountable to the same laws we are, it will never improve the situation.

          • Oak510finest

            @Karl I get your point. But you are mixing apple and oranges. Bill Clinton wasn’t even charged, let alone sued by the victims.

            OJ was a perfect example of the system working. The black jurors saw the setup and voted accordingly. The white supremacist media had convicted him for being a black man with a white woman. Which was punishable by death without any proof needed up intil the late 1960’s.

          • Karl

            So, how do you think it happened then?
            Someone did it.
            Do you think it did itself?
            If O.J. never did it, who did?

            I get your point about some whites being racist.
            But I believe being black does not automatically acquit blacks from crimes.
            Nor, does it automatically acquit whites, or any other groups.

            If you do the crimes, you do the time.
            If the system is working correctly.
            Which, we both agree that it is not.

            But, back to the question.
            So, how do you think it happened if OJ never did it?
            Who was it?

          • Oak510finest

            @ karl I am certainly not giving a person a pass on crime for being black.

            You see how your mind operates. You proved my point of the “I am white and I say so” rule. You immediately and conveniently ignored factual and documented evidence of the Oj case. Which were the points I gave you in the previous post. Information that you can look up yourself, since it is public record.

            Your thought process however, says no! Ignore those points and instead respond with a “well if he didn’t do it, then who did? Which offers no bearing on someone innocence or guilt. But rather, confirming your perception is dictated by the white supremacist media and racism. Which as previously mentioned, includes the often use If I say you are guilty, then you are guilty!

          • Karl

            Who said they were factual?
            Was anyone ever convicted of the murders?
            You think they did it by themselves?

            If it wasn’t OJ, who was it?

          • Oak510finest

            @Karl Was anyone ever convicted of the murders?
            You think they did it by themselves?

            If it wasn’t OJ, who was it

            The same people who committ murder daily and are not caught. Again, the pathology of white supremacist is never about logic or truth. It’s about I believe it before I see it. Especially when blacks are accused or victims. Whether convicted or not, you are guilty!

            Just like the race soldier who murdered Philando Castille unjustly. Ignore the evidence and facts, which also includes eye witness accounts. He was black and so therefore always wrong, while white is always right. Because ‘I am white and I say so”.

          • Karl

            Ok, you want to talk about racism?

            What you think about ISIS brags about the attacks the committed in America, took responsibility for them, & Obama brazenly states there were zero successful ISIS terrorist attacks on American soil during all 8 years of his dictatorship…

            To the dismay of floods of tweets calling him out on his radically biased lies.

            What you gonna say about that racism, bro?

          • Oak510finest

            @Karl Dude, come on!! We are talking about black so called racism and how it supposedly subjugates whites in America. We are on a American news site, discussing on a event that occured in the U.S.

            You are seriously reaching for any comparative example you can find. Which is further proving my point. You know there are no comparative examples. So you use some made up terrorist group as an example, one that was CIA and Mossad created.

          • Karl

            And you are denying that Obama thinks no successful ISIS terrorist attacks happened in America, despite not only their admission they did but the MSM news reporting it quite often while Obama was in power?

            It’s on his Twitter, even today.
            Are you seriously that desperate to call Obama a liar?

            You really are a racist, aren’t you?
            Do you even like blacks?

            Come on, you know you got better arguments than that!
            I got black friends, do you?
            Don’t be lazy!

          • Oak510finest

            @Karl You are burying yourself with every post. You still have yet to give me an example of how black racism or supremacy subjugates whites lives daily.

          • Karl

            See, what your doing now, is you are so desperate to call Obama a liar, you are actually making Pinocchio look like he’s a candidate for telling the truth.

            You cannot call Obama a liar, because that goes against your all whites are racist agenda.

            That’s simply not the case.
            You have to open your eyes.

            To MSM radicalized HollyWood elitist NWO illuminati globalism bias!
            Why do you think they rap & sing about it so much?

            Yet, here you are demolishing your arguments.

          • Oak510finest

            @ karl I dont give two farts about Obama bring a liar. I lam waiting on your example of whites systematically being subjugated by black supremacist.

          • Karl

            Already happened > Christian bakers > Obama > “It was a great win for equality” while they were fined $150,000 for not baking a cake for gay couple.

            Despite that being an abomination to God.
            And, why are the queers so desperate to use the word of God to commit to a union, when they routinely slander the Bible & God & don’t even believe in it?

            Crazy, right?
            Who let the loonies out of the mental hospital.

            But, worse, there goes Obama sending radically racist BLM terrorist funding while also denying ISIS islam had an successful attacks in America all 8 years he reigned as dictator “I don’t need Congress” said Adolf Obama as he oppressed not just whites, but also blacks, hispanics, asians, and all races in America. Because “I got a phone, & I got a pen” (Executive order/Obama was lawless)

            Come on, bro!

            Tell me about that racism, & what you gonna do to fix it?
            That was wrong!