Last week, the jurors in the Philando Castile shooting found Minnesota Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty. Yanez had been charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm after he shot and killed 32-year-old Castile during a traffic stop July 6 in Falcon Heights, MN.
Castile’s death received major attention from the national media after his girlfriend posted the entire ordeal on Facebook Live.
NRATV’s Colion Noir gave personal insight into the Castile shooting. He explained what it is like to be an African-American gun owner, especially at a time when there is intense animosity between blacks and police officers.
“In The case of officer Jeronimo Yanez, I don’t feel he woke up that day wanting to shoot a black person. However, I keep asking myself, would he have done the same thing if Philando were white? As I put on my Monday morning quarterback Jersey, it is my opinion that Philando Castile should be alive today. I believe there was a better way to handle the initial stop,” Noir says. “If he suspected Philando was a suspect in a robbery, there were ways to conduct that stop in a way that would have completely avoided the shooting altogether, but Yanez neglected to do so.”
Here’s Noir’s take: