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Judge pens letter supporting jurors in Philando Castile case

Philando Castile (Photo courtesy of the Castile family)

The Minnesota judge who presided over the case against the officer who fatally shot Philando Castile is publicly lending his support to jurors who exonerated the cop.

Ramsey County, Minnesota, District Judge William H. Leary III recently penned a letter of support to the jurors who acquitted Officer Jeronimo Yanez, saying there was “a failure to understand what you were asked to do.”

According to Judge Leary, the jury of five women and seven men were not at fault when they exonerated Officer Yanez. Instead, the judge says that despite the shocking dash-cam video that shows Yanez kill Castile after Castile tells him that he has a weapon, the jurors did the right thing according to the instructions they were given.

“Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me,” Castile said in the video.

“OK. Don’t reach for it, then,” Yanez responded before grabbing his own gun, pointing it inside the car and firing multiple rounds.

The judge says the criticism of the jury is unfounded.

“The criticism of the jury’s decision of which I am aware has focused primarily on a reaction to the squad-cam video and on consideration of issues you as jurors were never asked to address,” wrote Leary according to ABC News. “You were simply asked to determine, beyond a reasonable doubt, whether a crime had been committed.

“You were never asked to decide whether racism continues to exist, whether certain members of our community are disproportionately affected by police tactics, or whether police training is ineffective.”

If you’ve seen the dash-cam video, then many of you are probably incensed with how the cop could walk after having such a happy trigger finger.

What are your thoughts about Judge Leary’s unqualified support of the jury’s acquittal of the police officer?



5 Comments

  1. Oak510finest on July 6, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    White supremacist judicial system always at work. It’s not just the race soldiers who are quilty of carrying out these public lynchings. But as we see it’s the judges, prosecutors and even the defense attorney’s as well. Who are in on it.

    Notice you had a white supremacist judge try to bully jurors into convicting Bill Cosby over some made up racist allegations. Who even went do far as to release their information.

    At the same time the judge in Philando’s case supports the decision of the white supremacist jurors. Who openly supported the execution of a black man and once again blamed the victim. In all these state sanction executions, it is never the poliice fault.

    These murders will not stop or simply go away. Until those who are carrying them out recieve recipocral treatment.

  2. SrAgri on July 6, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    “You were never asked to decide whether racism continues to exist, whether certain members of our community are disproportionately affected by police tactics, or whether police training is ineffective.”
    I agree with this part of the judge’s statement. Even if Yanez was a card-carrying racist, that fact would be irrelevant to the case.

    “You were simply asked to determine, beyond a reasonable doubt, whether a crime had been committed.”
    This is where the judge and jury were both wrong. Yanez had no probable reason to believe that Castile was going for a gun. He would have been justified in drawing a gun, especially if he honestly thought Castile was a robbery suspect (which seems a little suspect), but Castile did not give Yanez reason to fire.

  3. britishrose on July 6, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    that judge is what is wrong with our system it goes back to injustice on blacks back in the `1918 and beyond discusting lies they pick a jury their way , a jury of such has put black men in prison to find our years later they made a mistake . whites will never take responsibility for hundred of black men killed for no reason .castillo said he had a gun . what part of that this scary cop didnt understand , if you that scared of black men what was he doning on the job ? what if it was not even taped? this decision was the worst of all of them . disrespecting the familie of the dead man . that cop should do at least 20 year min , they only do this so other cops want quit the force . those judges wouldnt have a job if not for cop. draggin in a black man for somtrhing , they have made a life out of makeing black men , a target of arrest or killing .
    castille told that man he had a gun , blacks dont have aright to carry a weapon? no white man has ever been killed for carrying his registered gun .. this is racism at its best . , they killed someones son father and man . i feel sorry for his gf she need to be paid too . cause she truely suffered her and her kid . castillo was a good man . shot to death by a ex miltary trigger happy PTSD pscho. calling himself a cop . why carry a gun if you that dam scared . some of these cops have no business in a uniform with a gun . .and trust me darren wilson did the same killing on mike brown . mike brown was not trying to kill him as he claim . we have this hugh racial issue in america so being a cop dont exernerate your from this mess cops initiate alot of the racial tension

  4. britishrose on July 6, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    castillo family need to sue the hell out of that state. a nice black man is dead , and why cause he presented his gun as registered , if he was white mexican etc he bee still alive

  5. 1DigTruth on July 7, 2017 at 9:45 am

    The White Judge will also assume we live in his Court room .