*Philando Castile was fatally shot by a Minnesota cop during a routine traffic stop in 2016. Since then, his mother has made it her mission to fight for police reform.
Now she’s speaking out about the tragic death of George Floyd, telling vice.com: “I was mad as hell… I said, Here we go again,” said Valerie Castile. “I cried for that man just like I cried for my son.
Philando’s shooting death was live-streamed on Facebook by his girlfriend, and just like Floyd’s case, it sparked protests across the country.
“I really did this state a solid in 2016 where I publicly asked people not to tear this motherfucker up,” she added. “But obviously what I was saying fell on deaf ears and a hard heart because they didn’t hear me.”
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This has WRECKED me today. This is the girlfriend and daughter of Philando Castile who were both detained by police officers after the police shot AND killed him for complying. The fact that this little girl is so tuned in to the injustices of police is sad. pic.twitter.com/ew7uhB1fQ1
— Give Us Free (@monetxchange) May 31, 2020
Philando Castile was pulled over while driving with his girlfriend and 4-year-old child. When asked for his license, he informed the officer that there was a gun in his car (he was licensed to carry). Officer then asked for his Driver License but as Philando reached for it, he was shot 7 times.
Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who fatally shot Castile, was acquitted on all charges in 2017.
After his death, the Castile family launched the Philando Castile Relief Foundation, which provides funds to victims of gun and police violence.
“You were warned four years ago that you f*cked up and you can’t keep doing people like you doing. You know, a tyrant only reigns for so long. And if you keep oppressing people, they’re going to rebel,” she said of the protests over Floyd’s death.
Hear/watch more from Valerie on the matter via the YouTube clip above.