Ilhan Omar on Philando Castile: ‘No Matter How Perfect You Are … You Will Still Have Bullets Shot Into You’

‘No matter how perfect you are, how much you follow your training and your instructions from your parents in interacting with the police, that you will still have bullets shot into you and your life taken’

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OMAR: "It is true that we are tired. It is true that we are in enormous pain. It is true that people are pouring into the streets with fists up, but spirits not broken. And I witnessed that last night as I attended the fourth-year anniversary of the death of Philando Castile. The vigil that the community held for him in reminder of how valued and important his life was to the enormity of the example it shows that no matter how perfect you are, how much you follow your training and your instructions from your parents in interacting with the police, that you will still have bullets shot into you and your life taken. So I just wanted to quickly recognize a voice that has been fighting to keep the memory of Philando Castile alive and the call to justice, and one that truly assures that we recognize, as he said last night, that our intelligence, our voice and our votes combined together can create transformative change for black people in this country, and that's John Thompson.”

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