Valerie Castile, the mother of slain Black Minnesota man Philando Castile, has been vocal about her son’s case and the charges that evaded officer Jeronimo Yanez. Ms. Castile has been using social media to voice her frustrations over the matter, taking to Facebook Live to issue a message to cops which became a familiar refrain of late for the Black community.
Via Instagram user @i_am_king_24’s account, Valerie Castile let the St. Anthony Police Department and the state of Minnesota know where her mind was by way of an uploaded video. In the short clip, Castile didn’t mince words, calling the case “bullsh*t” and other choice words.
“I’m sure y’all seen this bullsh*t that happened today. F**k what they talking about. I’ve been holding myself, trying to be strong, and not say the wrong things because I already know how they get down. I’m 61 years old. I’ve seen it, I’ve smelled it, I’ve heard it. Now you see exactly what these motherf**kers think about us. They murdered my mother f**king son with his seat belt on. So what does that say to you?” Castile said with anger present in her tone.
Castile’s son was armed at the time of the encounter in 2016, but had a legal permit to do so. Castile’s video and “f**k the police” stance has been applauded by many across social media and support has been rallying around the family in the wake of Yanez’s acquittal.