Gun group reaction to the Yanez verdict takes several forms
By Brian Seay
Signs reacting to the shooting death of Philando Castile by a police officer. (Photo: Associated Press)
For Maj Toure, founder of Black Guns Matter, last week’s acquittal of the officer who shot and killed Philando Castile is an unfortunate affirmation of the path he’s been on since 2015.
Toure, a Philadelphia native, founded his group to educate urban communities about the Second Amendment. On Tuesday, just days after the verdict, Toure was on his way to Minnesota to give a seminar to residents in the Twin Cities.
“Now more than ever, in this town, those people…need guidance, they need understanding, they need language,” he said in an interview with Guns.com. “They need to know what a furtive movement is, they need to know what the code of conduct is, they need to know that it’s okay…it’s perfectly fine to defend your life.”
For Toure, it’s about life and death. “We’re at a point where now we have to re-inform urban America…how to get through traffic stops without being murdered,” he said.
Jeronimo Yanez, a Mexican-American, was acquitted of manslaughter for shooting Castile, a 32-year-old black man, during a traffic stop last July in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. Castile told Yanez he had a