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Yanez thought Castile fit the description of a robbery suspect and was reaching for a gun.

His tweet was in response to the acquittal by jury of a Minnesota police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, who shot dead a black man, Philandro Castle, during a traffic stop. The officer testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so.

"A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without outcome, doesn't need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled", Kaepernick wrote.

The jury's not-guilty verdict spawned strong reactions from Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, and girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was present with their young daughter at the time of the shooting. Marchers carried signs reading "Justice for Philando" and "We leave when we get justice".

The verdict triggered protests in St.Paul by hundreds of people, who view it as another example of how police reforms have failed to end violence against black people in the country.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi charged Yanez with second degree manslaughter for shooting Castile. My son loved this city, and this city killed my son, ' she said.

"You call yourself a good cop, but you see one of your colleagues beating somebody", she said.

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