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Fear of secondhand pot smoke also made cop kill Philando Castile

Philando Castile (Facebook)

The entirely unjust execution of Philando Castile by Minneapolis police officer Jeronimo Yanez and the officer’s subsequent acquittal has once again exposed a racist system in America. But new information is coming out that not only was Yanez in fear of his life by Castile, he was also concerned about the effects of secondhand pot smoke on the 4-year-old in the back seat of the vehicle.

Philando Castile shooting (Photo Source: YouTube Screenshot)

By now, thousands know the story of how the car Castile was riding in was pulled over for a broken taillight. According to Yanez, it was apparent to him that Castile had been smoking marijuana. In fact, it was part of his defense on the charge of second-degree murder that resulted in a miscarriage of justice as he was acquitted for killing Castile. Strangely, however, after killing Castile he told investigators the following, “I thought I was gonna die and I thought if he’s, if he has the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the 4-year-old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke … then what, what care does he give about me?”

That’s right, Yanez was concerned about the effects of secondhand pot in his decision to kill Castile. Yanez ‘s line of thinking by killing Castile he was protecting the life of an innocent child. His statement is mind-boggling considering the fact that when he fired into the car he missed hitting the little girl in the head with a bullet by less than an inch.

These statements were part of a transcript of the trial that was released on Tuesday. Yanez further went on to state according to the transcript, “and, I let off rounds and then after the rounds were off, the little girl was screaming. … But I acknowledge this little girl first. Cuz, because I wanted her to be safe.”

Yanez is shown to have lied during his statements to investigators because he claimed that Castile didn’t say anything after he was shot. However, Castile did state that he wasn’t reaching for a weapon. Yanez is negotiating a voluntary separation from the Minneapolis Police Department since his acquittal.

The presence of marijuana in a police shooting victim’s system has previously been used as a partial justification for their death. When Mike Brown was killed and Ferguson, Missouri, toxicology reports stated that he had marijuana in his system, this fact was later used to make it seem that Brown was some marijuana-fueled monster who was a danger to former police officer Darren Wilson who murdered him in cold blood.

When Sandra Bland was found dead hanging in her cell, police stated she consumed a large amount of marijuana during her three days of custody. There was no word on how she was able to get the marijuana.



  1. Oak510finest on June 21, 2017 at 11:17 am

    In order for these race soldiers and white supremacist to justiy their savegery. They along with the racist media have to demonize the victims. How is it that there is not one recorded death from actions dictated by the consumption of marijuana. Yet it was mentioned by the white supremacist media as the articles states. As the reason to justify the murders of Trayvon, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and Philando Castille. Keeping in mind, that marijuana has a sedative type affect. Which is far from making you violent.

    • Cruddy on June 21, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Its simply character assassination. Thats pretty much the methodology to excuse these murders. The idea that he had smoked a joint and constituted a danger after he proclaimed he had a gun is silly.

  2. Mike Gee on June 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

    thats ok..we know his name, we know how he looks..he wont ever rest! Torture him and those jurors daily!!

    • Anonymous on July 6, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Mike Gee – Because hatred and torture will prevent future animosity and will bring us all closer together?

      • Michael Grier on July 6, 2017 at 6:22 pm

        We tried getting along, and the score is lopsided. 600 plus deaths to cops this year? No thanks, time for a different playbook. Unfortunately violence begets violence…so talk to them, not us..

        • dave on September 26, 2017 at 10:52 pm

          Perhaps if “you” weren’t responsible for 80% of all violent crime in the United States, the numbers of blacks getting shot wouldn’t seem so disproportionately high.

          • Michael Grier on September 27, 2017 at 6:52 am

            Yea 80 percent is a lot. Just like 80 percent of your men get molested by priests? Go assist with your meth and crack crisis. This is a waste of your time trumpanzee

          • dave on September 28, 2017 at 6:14 pm

            Crackheads are what your people have produced. That and 75% of all the multigenerational welfare fraud and 80% of all the violent index crimes. Don’t think so? GOOGLE it. As a Conservative, I am weary of doing all the work. As a liberal, it’s about three hundred years past the time for you to get off your ass and do some work. GOOGLE it yourself.

        • Anonymous on October 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm

          Maybe you could just tell people NOT to reach for their gun, when the Po-Po say, “Don’t reach for that.”

          • Mike Gee on October 16, 2017 at 5:53 pm

            maybe the chickenshiz white guy should grow some balls and not be scared of a guy with his girl and kid in the car. you are one big stupid piece of snowy gayness arent you??

      • Mike Gee on October 12, 2017 at 1:05 pm

        tell your orange deflector that

      • Mike Gee on October 16, 2017 at 5:55 pm

        nah because dumb nazis as yourself shouldnt exist. you are roaches we are the raid. all racists will die soon enough. Your kids arent accepting your stupidity and love our kids culture, look and style…get in line pop tart its a new day! Have a tan on us!

  3. 1DigTruth on June 22, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Oh Really The pig was Concerned about Second hand smoke but Discharging his gun while the Child was in the car was First hand Danger . War is upon us .

  4. britishrose on June 22, 2017 at 1:04 am

    marijuana would not be legal in 8 states if it was a harmful drug, its not manufactured its a herb? so you gonna tell me if i eat to much cabbage my fart can be lethal? thats about as silly as this whole story sounds . white men and chinese men in uniform really do hate black men . they dont care what you do for a living that car tail light our allowed him to judge philandro? he assum this man was a thug . smoking weed does not render you a thug aka medical mariquana okkk . so stop lieing .
    these race soliders , racist kkk supremist ,has recrutited to kill and get a severance pay . they already know hardly any of them will be prosecuted . they already know not many of them will stay on the force and if they do they move hundreds of miles to a new city where no one will notice him , that is why they are sloaw to place them on tv .. these are killers murderous , why are they allowed to walk ? we need to heal america law use to be a police officer was trained and had class . goverment is saying they dont want to finance you .

    • SrAgri on July 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Another incoherent, jumbled, racist rant.

      • Mike Gee on July 7, 2017 at 10:43 am

        hey snowball..see you are back sprewing your hate lol. Man you are one miserable P.O.S.

        • SrAgri on July 11, 2017 at 7:10 pm

          You’re the one spreading hate and racism.

  5. Guest on June 23, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Judge, jury and executioner. We might as well have a bunch of Judge Dredds running around. Really dating myself with the reference but it absolutely applies.

  6. Pamela on June 25, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I do Understand WHY!!! everyone is so upset….We all get it……The cop should have went to jail… My question is WHY??????? people are not this upset when BLACK kill each other 24/7……. Some black don’t care about each other lives, why would anyone else care about you…… People need to VOTE to get on jury duty this is the only way to change the system…..I am so Thankful the little girl was not Hurt,, I hope her mother get her some “HELP”” this will hunt her for the rest of her life…

    • La-Chanda Sexclibra Smith on June 25, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Pamela sit on your tail my dear cave dweller

      • Pamela on June 25, 2017 at 10:49 pm

        What you said make NO sense?????

        I am a cop and I see black on black crime everyday…..

        • Apostle J.R. on June 26, 2017 at 12:48 am

          When do you ever hear of black cops killing young white men? The fact that you use black on black crime and murder is a reason to let these cops off is crazy. Blacks do care about how and why blacks are killing blacks. But, these black people are being killed by the ones who have been sworn in to protect. Also, when the person who committed black on black murders are sent to prison hands down. We need to pray for everyone that this anger and murder spirit stop.

          • dave on September 28, 2017 at 6:23 pm

            Because white men aren’t responsible for 80% of the violent crime in America. Black men are.

        • Mike Gee on July 7, 2017 at 10:42 am

          which is exactly why you should not be are the problem. You see a stereotype and a bias, therefore you are unfit to make rational decisions utilizing LAW and COMMON SENSE. White on white crime happens far often as well. Care to be disgusted over the article below..OFFICER? lol

      • Guest on June 26, 2017 at 9:21 am

        Bit of advice, don’t take anyone that likes their own comment seriously or give them the attention that they are looking for by responding. It’s a dead give away that they are trolling, ignorant or all of the above.

      • SrAgri on July 5, 2017 at 2:23 pm

        Wow. What disgusting racism. You must be a deeply bitter and unhappy person.

  7. Anonymous on July 6, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    From your article, it doesn’t seem the cop was …”thinking by killing Castile he was protecting the life of an innocent child…” as you state. Instead, the cop deduced that since Castile did not value and respect the life and health of a little girl he (Castile) knew THEN how could one make the argument that Castile would value and respect the life of a cop who stopped him? The cop testified he was frightened, he was scared, because while he told Castile NOT to reach for gun Castile continued reaching for it anyway either unable or unwilling to hear / obey the cop’s command. The driver never testified that Castile put his hands on the dashboard, in plain sight; instead Castile was likely so stoned that his drug-confused mind told him to innocently show the gun TO the cop, even after the cop told him, No; Don’t go for it.” Had Castile NOT been high he might have put his hands on the dashboard and not tried to “be helpful” in showing the gun to the cop (if that was indeed all Castile was attempting to do). Lesson to all: when you’re stopped by a cop for any reason put your hands on the dashboard and OBEY his every instruction (although I’m not sure how a person who is drunk or high will ever achieve either).

    • Michael Grier on July 6, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Wow that’s the type of insight that shows you were there, watching and monitoring mr castile mindset and alertness. Funny, why weren’t u interviewed or present in court???

    • Mike Gee on October 16, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      GTFOH with that garbage whitewhished narrative. The cop wasnt fit to be a cop plain and simple. the days of the big, muscular, fit brave cops who took people down by hand and walked the neighborhoods and knew the people are gone and to quote your peepee boi…its sad.