Justin Amash: 'What happened to Philando Castile was horrific'

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash took to Twitter on Thursday to comment on Philando Castile, a black man killed by a police officer last year in Minnesota.

"What happened to Philando Castile was horrific—a tragedy for his loved ones and an assault on every American's right to keep and bear arms," Amash said on Twitter.

Amash's tweet comes after a Minnesota police officer last week was found not guilty of manslaughter in Castile's shooting death. Castile was killed July 6 during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, after being pulled over because of a broken tail light on his car. He was 32.

Castile was shot just seconds after informing the officer that he was carrying a gun.

Radio transmissions later revealed the officer, Jeronimo Yanez, thought Castile resembled a suspect in a convenience store robbery. Yanez said he also smelled marijuana.

The aftermath of the shooting was streamed live on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, who also was in the car along with her 4-year-old daughter.

On Saturday, Amash retweeted a National Review article headlined, "The Philando Castile Verdict was a Miscarriage of Justice."

© Battle Creek Enquirer


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