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Resist! Thousands Flood the Streets After Not Guilty Verdict in Police Killing of Philando Castile

A woman holds up a tapestry that says “Black Lives Matter” on the steps of the Minnesota  Capitol  on June 16, 2017, in St Paul after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on all counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
A woman holds up a tapestry that says “Black Lives Matter” on the steps of the Minnesota Capitol on June 16, 2017, in St Paul after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on all counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Thousands of angry, woke and fired-up Minnesotans took to the streets on Friday, hours after ex-Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of 32-year-old motorist Philando Castile nearly one year ago.

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The protesters gathered at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul, holding “Black Lives Matter” signs and chanting, “No justice, no peace! Prosecute the police!” in response to the verdict, after which they swarmed the streets.

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State police said on Twitter that they arrested 18 protesters after a smaller group splintered off and walked down an entrance ramp to block Interstate 94 in St. Paul, shutting down traffic in both directions.

On Friday morning, Yanez, 29, was cleared of a manslaughter charge as well as two lesser charges. In some small semblance of justice, the Associated Press reports that Yanez will soon be out of a job as a police officer.

Valerie Castile, Philando’s mother, addressed the crowd directly after leaving the courthouse.

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“The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all,” said Valerie Castile. “When they get done with us, they coming for you, for you, for you and all your interracial children. Y’all are next, and you will be standing up here fighting for justice just as well as I am.”

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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DISCUSSION

In some small semblance of justice, the AP reports that Yanez will soon be out of a job as a police officer.

I’m not feeling it.