If it’s true that Colin Kaepernick’s controversial actions have led National Football League teams to shun the quarterback, he certainly didn’t help his cause with an inflammatory tweet comparing police officers to a “runaway slave patrol”.
Castile’s death garnered widespread attention after his girlfriend broadcast the shooting’s aftermath on Facebook live.
A couple of hundred people marched through St. Anthony Village Sunday afternoon to remember Philando Castile and protest the acquittal of the officer who killed him. The officer testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so.
Philando Castile was also a licensed gun owner.
During the stop, Castile told Yanez that he had a gun, but was not reaching for it. Prosecutors in the case argued Yanez acted too hastily during the exchange.
Fugitive slave patrols were common in the antebellum South, watching for runaway slaves.
Kaepernick tweeted his support for Castile’s family, noting “My heart aches for Philando’s family”.
On Friday evening, demonstrators closed down Interstate 94 in St. Paul to protest the verdict.
Castile’s furious mother Valerie Castile gave a rousing speech outside the Ramsey County Courthouse in response to the verdict, calling her son’s death a murder while saying: ‘I hope (Yanez) dies tonight!’ ‘The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all.
“As I’m standing here in this parking lot holding this sign that says Minnesota shame”.