Friday, June 16, 2017

Quote of the Day

The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all. My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away. . . . I'm mad as hell right now.

– Valerie Castile
Quoted in Merrit Kennedy's article,
"Minnesota Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez
Found Not Guilty in Shooting Death
of Philando Castile
Minnesota Public Radio News
June 16, 2017

Related Off-site Links:
Philando Castile’s Killer Acquitted Despite Forensics That Contradicted His Case – Jeremy Stahl (Slate, June 16, 2017).
Philando Castile Verdict a Painful Result of Laws Rigged to Protect Cops – Shaun King (New York Daily News, June 16, 2017).
Community Reacts to Not Guilty Verdict in Yanez Trial – Hannah Covington (Star Tribune, June 16, 2017).
18 Arrested in I-94 Shutdown Protest After Jeronimo Yanez’s AcquittalPioneer Press (June 16, 2017).
There is No Justice in America for Black People Killed by Cops – Julia Craven (The Huffington Post, June 16, 2017).
U.S. Attorney's Office Considering Federal Review of Yanez, June 16, 2017).
Why Police Officers Aren't Held Accountable When They Kill People – Zoe Samudzi Teen Vogue (June 16, 2017).
White People Get to Juggle for the Cops. Black People Have to Fear Them – April Reign (Star Tribune, March 13, 2017).
To Make Black Lives Matter, We Must Tear Down the Case Law that Gave Police the Power to Stop, Search, and Abuse – Matthew Segal (American Civil Liberties Union, July 27, 2016).

UPDATES: Protests Erupt After Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting of Philando Castile – Andrea Germanos (Common Dreams, June 17, 2017).
The Acquittal in Philando Castile’s Killing Makes Clear That Black Lives Still Do Not Matter – Eugene Robinson (The Washington Post, June 17, 2017).
Grim Echoes for Families: An Officer Shoots and a Jury Acquits – Mitch Smith, Yamiche Alcindor and Jack Healy (The New York Times, June 17, 2017).
The Philando Castile Verdict Was a Miscarriage of Justice – David French (National Review, June 17, 2017).
After Acquittal in Castile Case, Activists Find Reasons for Hope Amid a Sense of Defeat – Jared Goyette (The Washington Post, June 17, 2017).
Philando Castile Should Be the NRA's Perfect Cause Célèbre. There's Just One Problem – Leon Neyfakh (Slate, June 17, 2017).
Colin Kaepernick Compares Modern Cops to Runaway Slave Patrol After Castile Verdict – John Breech (, June 17, 2017).
Civil Rights Lawyer: Philando Castile's Skin Color Ended Up Being a Death SentenceDemocracy Now! (June 19, 2017).
The Acquittal Verdict In the Philando Castile Case Is an Abomination – Daniel Payne (The Federalist, June 19, 2017).
Savage Calculations: On the Exoneration of Philando Castile’s Killer – Joseph G. Ramsey (Counter Punch, June 23, 2017).
Jeronimo Yanez: A Previous Arrest Offers Insight Into the Beleaguered Officer's Mind – Susan Du (City Pages, June 27, 2017).
Valerie Castile Offers Support To Justine Damond’s Family At RallyWCCO News (July 20, 2017).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
"This Doesn't Happen to White People"
Quote of the Day – March 31, 2016
Remembering Philando Castile and Demanding Abolition of the System That Targets and Kills People of Color

Image 1: Ralph Wyman (Minnesota State Capitol, June 16, 2017).
Image 2: Valerie Castile looks at a photo button of her son Philando during a press conference on the state Capitol grounds in Saint Paul, Minnesota, July 12, 2016. (Photo: Eric Miller/Reuters)

1 comment:

James said...

So, basically, an agent of the security state is justified in killing any citizen, just because they're acting as an agent of the security state or for any irrational "reason" whatsoever. That this was a verdict wrought by a jury of our "peers," is all the more troubling because it means that we are imposing state sanctioned tyranny upon ourselves. . . . I can't imagine what atrocities we will have to tolerate going forward.