Philando Castile, 32, was shot several times by St. Anthony Police Officer Yanez, who is Latino, last July after Castile was pulled over with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and Reynolds’ 4-year-old daughter in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
Castile’s death garnered national attention and protests over the use of force by police — after his girlfriend broadcast the fatal shooting on Facebook Live.
After the verdict was read, 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?”
Prosecutors claimed that Yanez did not see the gun and acted unreasonably while the defense argued that Yanez saw Castile’s hand on the gun, which he had a permit to carry, according to the AP.