6 years ago Philando Castile was shot to death by Officer Yanez during a traffic stop. Many of us witnessed the harrowing moments on FB Live. RIP🧵
Philando Castile let Officer Yanez know in advance he had a legal firearm in the car and he wasn’t reaching for it. His girlfriend and her 4-year-old were in the car. But Yanez shot Philando anyway. #howcopsgetoff
Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter for the killing of Philando Castile. He used the magic words cops use to avoid liability, “I feared for my life.”
Time and again, cops say “I feared for my life.” They know, regardless of the situation, to use these words because the law protects them. This is part of the Use of Force Standard that gives cops the right to kill someone just by saying they are a threat to them. #howcopsgetoff
We made #HowCopsGetOff as a love letter to Black people. When policing practices and the legal system are designed to protect cops, the dignity of Black life cannot hinge on a verdict. True justice is Philando Castile being here with us today.
Today we debuted the 3rd #HowCopsGetOff video that explains how our criminal legal system ensures cops act above the law due to #qualifiedimmunity #useofforce standards
Check out policefreecommunities.org to see the other videos and learn more

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