Justice Denied for Philando Castile

Justice Denied for Philando Castile

Justice for Philando

On Friday, June 16, a jury in Minnesota found Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of manslaughter in the July, 2016 killing of Philando Castile. 

Philando Castile will be in our memories forever. We watched him get killed by a police officer without provocation. We grieve for his family and community again, as justice has remained elusive. Time after time, Black people in this country have watched as police officers have taken Black lives, and moved on without being held accountable.

This verdict is another cruel reminder that our criminal justice system is in desperate need of transformative and systemic changes. The deck is stacked against bereaved communities of color seeking justice for loved ones killed by police. From controlling if and when we see information, to setting the narrative, to using unions' influence to tilt laws in their favor, the system is rigged to favor police. Communities of color are left feeling the trauma and terror with no justice in the end.

This is wrong -- and we are going to stop it. Advancement Project is proud to forge deep partnerships with grassroots groups to shed light on these practices and organize to be free and safe.

A police officer claiming to be in fear when encountering a Black person should not be enough to justify taking a life. The lack of justice that comes with every “not guilty” verdict, mistrial, and non-indictment, continues to cultivate disillusionment in communities of color. As we move forward in our ongoing quest for justice, our hearts are with Diamond Reynolds, her daughter, and the rest of Philando Castile’s family.

This week we again mourn Philando. But we do so fully aware that it is up to us to end the injustice.