Trevor Noah has unleashed his outrage at the jury that last week acquitted Officer Geronimo Yanez in the killing of Philando Castile amid the release of new footage of the incident.
“I thought that I felt all I could feel about this story until I got home and I watched a newly released video,” Noah said on “The Daily Show” Wednesday, June 21.
He encouraged anyone who hadn’t seen the footage to do so and explained how the dashcam footage, released Monday, June 19, days after the verdict came down, had affected him.
“When I watched this video, it broke me,” Noah says. “You see so many of these videos and you start to get numb. But this one? Seeing the child, that little girl, get out of the car after watching a man get killed, it broke my heart into little pieces.”
The host went on to explain how the presence of body cameras and cell phone videos of such incidents continue to result in no indictment for the officer who is responsible. He also pointed out how respectful Castile and his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, remained throughout the exchange.
“[The jury] still said, ‘Yes, I can see why that cop was afraid,'” Noah says. “Why would you say he was afraid? Was it because Philando Castile was being polite? Was it because he was following the officer’s instructions? Was it because he was in the car with his family? Or was it because Philando Castile was Black?”