After a jury found the Minnesota police officer who killed Philando Castile not guilty on Friday, Castile’s mother Valerie pushed back against the decision.

“People have died for us to have these rights and now we’re devolving. We’re going back down to 1969. Damn. What is it going to take? I’m mad as hell right now, yes I am,” she said.

Castile defended her son, who was killed in July, saying he would never jeopardize someone’s life, especially with his girlfriend and her child in the car at the time. Philando Castile was killed during a traffic stop, and his girlfriend live streamed the moments after on Facebook Live.

“I will continue to say murder because where in this planet do you tell the truth and you be honest and you still be murdered by the police of Minnesota?” Castile asked.

Later Friday, thousands of people gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in St. Paul, holding signs and banners and chanting in response to the not guilty verdict.

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Source: USA TODAY / Ryan W. Miller

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