Acquitted: Yanez found not guilty of killing Philando Castile

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On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was shot 7 times and killed by St. Anthony police officer, Jeronimo Yanez. This tragedy was broadcasted to the world via Facebook Live by his girlfriend and exposed yet another incident of an innocent citizen being slain by the police.

What makes this case different is the media was unable to carry out the usual character assassination of the victim with Philando Castile. He was an upstanding individual that served as a mentor for children. He was not a criminal. He did not resist. He cooperated but he is dead now.

A diverse group of people united to honor him and protest the brutality of his murder. Because he was innocent, had no criminal record and complied with the officer’s demands, many people felt like Yanez would be found guilty of manslaughter.

Despite all these factors, on June 16, 2017, Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges. Philando Castile’s family, friends and the public are outraged, disappointed and appalled by the verdict. Is it a surprise? Has this justice system ever been equitable for all? The scriptures shows us that there will never be true justice nor judgment under these nations that do not keep the laws of the Most High.

Zechariah 11:4-5 Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter; (5) Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty…

The previous scripture teaches us that the nations will murder the the children of Israel and find themselves not guilty. So what now? How do we move forward after yet another tragedy? We have to remember that the Most High sees everything and there is a day that all of us will be judged for our sins!

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked…

Although man believes that the guilty has escaped judgment, the Lord sees all and will judge everyone.

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

Revelation 13:9-10 If any man have an ear, let him hear. (10) He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

We pray that the Lord has mercy on his scattered sheep and that the children wake up, repent and live in the Lord.

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