Jeronimo Yanez has been acquitted.
The Minnesota officer who shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop — in an incident that was broadcasted to Facebook by his girlfriend last year — was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter on Friday. Devastating.
Yanez was also exonerated of two counts of intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety.
Understandably and rightfully infuriated after the jury’s verdict, Philando’s mother, Valerie, addressed the press, admitting that she is “mad as hell” at the lack of justice for her son:
NEW: Philando Castile’s mother reacts to not guilty verdict against police officer in the death of her son: “I’m mad as hell right now.” pic.twitter.com/rWsq3XnhHt
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ ABC News (@ABC) June 16, 2017
Our hearts break for the Castile family, and for our country, to be honest.
Check out the response to the ruling on Twitter (below):
Philando Castile had a permit to legally carry a gun. Philando Castile had a permit to legally carry a gun. Philando Castile had a permi-
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 16, 2017
Thinking of the boy I met last year who said Philando Castile was his best friend because he was the nicest person in his school. For shame: https://t.co/hNj27NzIL7
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 16, 2017
They shot Philando Castile on Facebook Live in front of his fianc├â┬⌐ and her daughter & even that’s not enough for a guilty verdict. I can’t.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 16, 2017
He fired seven shots into that car with a child in the backseat and then watched Philando Castile bleed out and die in front of his family.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Copy McPasty, Writer (@KashannKilson) June 16, 2017
The cop who murdered Philando Castile has been acquitted. I am enraged and heartbroken.
[Image via Facebook.]