I cannot imagine how she is feeling. Not only did she lose her son, now she will find no justice in his death. Her passionate speech really hits home for a lot of families across the country.
Via USA Today
After a jury found the Minnesota police officer who killed Philando Castile not guilty on Friday, Castile's mother Valerie pushed back against the decision.
"People have died for us to have these rights and now we're devolving. We're going back down to 1969. Damn. What is it going to take? I'm mad as hell right now, yes I am," she said.
Castile defended her son, who was killed in July, saying he would never jeopardize someone's life, especially with his girlfriend and her child in the car at the time. Philando Castile was killed during a traffic stop, and his girlfriend live streamed the moments after on Facebook Live.
"I will continue to say murder because where in this planet do you tell the truth and you be honest and you still be murdered by the police of Minnesota?" Castile asked.
Jeronimo Yanez was cleared of a manslaughter charge as well as two lesser charges. After the verdict was read, Castile yelled an expletive and family and friends left the courtroom in tears.
"My son loved this state. He had one tattoo on his body, and it was of the Twin Cities," Castile said. "My son loved this city, and this city killed my son."