The not guilty verdict that the jury came to is not only unsurprising, it was planned from the start.
In the most traumatic moment of her life, Diamond Reynolds had the presence of mind to grab her cell phone. Her boyfriend, Philando Castile, had just been fatally shot by Officer Yanez when Reynolds started streaming the bloody aftermath on Facebook Live. The video quickly went viral – viewers were appalled by Officer Yanez actions and at first, it appeared that social media would usher the conviction of Mr. Yanez, but to the contrary, as the legal process wore on, it would be social media that facilitated his freedom. Last Friday’s jury decision to acquit Mr. Yanez lays bare how effective the legal system mines the profiles of potential jurors to ensure that those who are skeptical of America's legal system are not allowed to participate in it.