The St. Anthony police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile in an event broadcast live on Facebook, escaped all criminal charges resulting from the death.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm, the Star Tribune reported.
Castile's family "angrily stormed out" of the courtroom as the verdicts were read, foretelling the angst others would share as news of the verdict spread across the country.
“There has always been a systemic problem in the state of Minnesota, and me thinking, common sense that we would get justice. But nevertheless the system continues to fail black people,” Castille's mother, Valerie Castile said. “I am so disappointed in the state of Minnesota. My son loved Minnesota. He had one tattoo on his body and it was of the Twin Cities. My son loved this city, and the city killed my son and the murderer gets away.”
Within minutes of the verdicts being announced, #PhilandoCastile was trending nationwide on Twitter.
#PhilandoCastile was shot in cold blood. The world watched it LIVE. What will it take for the justice system to value Black lives?— Rep. Barbara Lee (@Rep. Barbara Lee) 1497644960.0
#PhilandoCastile's mom insists that she will continue to use the word "murdered" in describing what happened to her son.— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill) 1497644120.0
Another day, another miscarriage of justice. Another black man's life devalued. We will never forget. #PhilandoCastile— Linda Sarsour (@Linda Sarsour) 1497646944.0
He was polite He complied Yet they still murdered him in front of his girlfriend & let the killer walk… https://t.co/TeMkc9XjW0— 🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹 (@🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹) 1497647128.0
This is why there's the cry & movement, #BlackLivesMatter. It's not anti- all lives mattering. It's anti- #PhilandoCastile's not mattering.— Be A King (@Be A King) 1497646570.0
A majority white jury couldn't find it unreasonable for officer to shoot a black man for reaching for his driver's license. #PhilandoCastile— Samuel Sinyangwe (@Samuel Sinyangwe) 1497646290.0
#PhilandoCastile was killed Bc he was black. #PhilandoCastile's murderer was found not guilty Bc Philando was black.— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari Sellers) 1497647117.0
Rest In Power, #PhilandoCastile. No justice, no peace.— deray (@deray) 1497645303.0
BREAKING: Another cop was just found "not guilty" in killing another Black person. #PhilandoCastile But yes, let the legal system work.— Preston Mitchum (@Preston Mitchum) 1497643461.0
1,155 people killed by police in 2016 13 cases where officer was charged ZERO convicted to date https://t.co/vqURbJHXRj #PhilandoCastile— Samuel Sinyangwe (@Samuel Sinyangwe) 1497645117.0
#PhilandoCastile's mom Valerie: "The system continues to fail all black people" https://t.co/jnEgilLsXi https://t.co/mvQ58II4CP— Star Tribune (@Star Tribune) 1497644231.0
Perhaps the most tragic thing about the acquittal of the officer who killed #PhilandoCastile is that no one is surprised.— St. Nick Jack Pappas (@St. Nick Jack Pappas) 1497643782.0