Officer who shot Philando Castile found not guilty on all counts


Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter Friday.

He also was acquitted of two counts of intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety.

Castile’s death garnered widespread attention — and sparked nationwide protests over the use of force by police — after his girlfriend broadcast the shooting’s aftermath on Facebook Live.

Several members of the Castile family screamed profanities and cried after the verdict was announced, despite warnings from the judge that everyone in the courtroom should remain composed.

“Let me go!” yelled Castile’s mother, Valerie.

The families of Castile and Yanez were escorted out of separate courtroom exits. At least 13 officers were present in the small courtroom.

Outside court, Valerie Castile said she was disappointed in the state of Minnesota:

“Because nowhere in the world do you die from being honest and telling the truth “The system continues to fail black people,” she said. “My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away! Are you kidding me right now?”

“We’re not evolving as a civilization, we’re devolving. We’re going back down to 1969. What is it going to take?”

Black lives don’t matter, not here in the united snakes of America.

Officials in St. Anthony, Minn., where Yanez worked as a police officer, said he will not return to the police department from leave after the trial. They said they have decided “the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city.”

“No Indictment in Eric Gardner case”


10849941_10152721836178241_8647110950181146971_n

Yesterday a Staten Island grand jury decided “NOT” to indict police office Daniel Pantaeleo in the choke hold death of Eric Garner. What is shocking to most, is that we all saw the same video and witnessed Garner dying on a sidewalk right before our very eyes.

This New York grand jury’s decision comes just 2 weeks off the heels of another grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO. This sends a clear message to people of color everywhere that police officers are not indicted for taking the lives of black men and young black boys in this country.

Protestors quickly took to the streets of New York blocking traffic in Times Square, Union Square, Battery Park, Henry Hudson Parkway, while lying down in Grand Central Station just in time for rush hour commuters.  

23B8E94600000578-2860153-image-a-28_1417663478157

The scenarios are all to familiar and somewhat the same however, let’s take a look at the high profile police shootings in this country to date. These are just some injustices, as I’m sure there are many we are not aware of:

  1. John Crawford in Beavercreek, Ohio killed in a Walmart because he was holding a fake gun.
  2. Tamir Rice a 12 year old who was fatally shot by a rookie police officer Tim Loehman playing with a fake gun in a park.
  3. Sean Bell shot and killed on November 26, 2006 leaving his bachelor party at a Queens bar in New York.
  4. Amadou Diallo shot and killed in a hail of 19 of 41 bullets outside his Bronx apartment on February 4, 1999.
  5. Trayvon Martin, 17 year old, shot, killed and pursued by a Florida neighborhood watchman on February 26, 2012 because he was judged as a “young thug” because he was wearing a hoodie.
  6. Oscar Grant III, shot and killed by a BART police officer in Oakland, CA on New Years Eve 2009.
  7. Michael Brown shot and killed August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, MO by police officer Darren Wilson.
  8. Eric Garner, the 43 year old, Staten Island father of 6, died in an illegal choke-hold.

This list is sad but alarming, for we will never have peace when justice is DENIED.

 

“Not Guilty” So why is God being blamed? Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


George Zimmerman (right), a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, said he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.

Since the “not guilty” verdict of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, the media has been abuzz with all kinds of outlandish and racist rhetoric regarding the outcome of the case. One Ivy League religious studies professor even called God a white racist in the wake of Zimmerman’s acquittal.

The questions being asked to me on and offline is, where does God stand in all of this? Why has God turned his back on this tragic situation? People are searching for answers and can’t understand why God has allowed such an injustice act to prevail.

Join me live on the air tonight at 8:00 PM on “Conversations Of A Sistah” via “Conversations Live” as I address God’s position concerning this matter.

I will also be taking your calls, questions and comments on the air at 1-347-426-3645, please press “1” to speak to the host.

Until then, sound off here and I’ll meet you tonight on the air.