One day after the dashcam footage of the police shooting of Philando Castile was released, Daily Show host Trevor Noah delivered an emotional monologue recounting his reaction to the footage.
Noah said that he was particularly overcome watching Castile’s 4-year-old daughter exit the car after Castile had been shot.
“I won’t lie to you,” Noah said. “When I watched this video, it broke me. It just, it broke me. You see so many of these videos, and you start to get numb, but this one, seeing the child, that little girl, getting out of the car, after watching a man get killed, it broke my heart into little pieces.”
Last week, a Minnesota jury found the officer, Jeronimo Yanez, not guilty on all counts for the shooting. Noah couldn’t fathom how a jury could bring back that verdict after watching the dashcam footage.
“Are we all watching the same video?” Noah said. “The video where a law-abiding man followed the officer’s instructions to the letter of the law and was killed regardless. People watched that video and then voted to acquit?”
“It’s one thing to have the system against you. The district attorneys, the police unions, the courts. That’s one thing. But when a jury of your peers, your community, sees this evidence and decides that even this is self-defense, that is truly depressing. Because what they’re basically saying is; in America, it is officially reasonable to be afraid of a person just because they are black. And that’s the truth of what we saw with this verdict.”
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