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Philando Castile’s mother: ‘This city killed my son and the murderer got away’

By Paula Rogo,

Thousands of people took to the streets Friday to protest the not guilty verdict in the Philando Castile killing trial.

An estimated 2,000 people gathered around I-94, one of St. Paul, Minn.’s main highways, to peacefully demonstrate another instance where police misconduct is overlooked in the killing of innocent black men. Officer Jeronimo Yanez killed Castile in his car last year while his fiance, Diamond Reynolds, and 4-year-old daughter were sitting in the vehicle. Reynolds then live streamed the aftermath.

“This city killed my son and the murderer got away,” an angry Valerie Castile, the victim’s mother, told a crowd. “Are you kidding me right now?”

“Damn! What  is it gonna take?” she asked. “I’m mad as hell! Yes I am!”


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