The shooting death of Black Minnesota man Philando Castile is still reverberating through the media on all levels, and the shock of the video footage from the incident is still much to process. Castile’s mother appeared this morning on CNN and essentially said that Black people are being targeted by power-mad police officers abusing their authority.
Valerie Castile, the mother of Castile, appeared on the cable network in the wake of the slaying of her son by police on July 6. She was flanked by her Castile’s uncle, Clarence Castile, and they both unleashed a furious flurry of words railing against the police officer who killed her son and the countless related incidents in recent times across the country.
Mr. and Ms. Castile both praised the victim for being a law-abiding and hard-working citizen who legally obtained a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Raw Story reports:
The morning after Falcon Heights police shot Philando Castile during what was described as a “routine” traffic stop, Valerie Castile told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that her son was killed because there are “no checks and balances in the justice system.”
“A lot of our African-American men, women and children are being executed by the police,” she remarked. “And there are no consequences.”
“I feel like it’s becoming more and more repetitive,” Valerie Castile continued. “Every day you hear of another black person being shot down, gunned down by the people that’s supposed to protect us. My son was a law abiding citizen and he did nothing wrong.”
The mother noted that she had not been permitted to identify her son’s body, and that a Facebook live stream of the aftermath by Philando Castile’s girlfriend was the only reason the family had details about the shooting.
“You see them saying that there’s no profiling, but there is,” she insisted. “We’re being hunted every day. It’s a silent war against African-American people as a whole.”
Watch Philando Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, speak with CNN in the clip below.
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