Valerie Castile, mom of Philando Castile, has made a powerful statement in the wake of the many protests that have spread across the nation in response to the killing of her son, Philando Castile, and Alton Sterling.
On Sunday, she made a plea for peace amongst protestors in a statement, asking “all people to remain peaceful in all demonstrations throughout our community and our nation.”
“When demonstrations become violent, it disrespects my son and his memory,” she added.
“Philando was a man of peace and dignity. Please, I ask you to at all times remain peaceful in your expressions of concern regarding his death at the hands of the police. I promise that we will not rest until justice prevails.”
Castile’s plea comes days after five police officers were shot and killed by snipers during a protest rally in Dallas, Texas, on July 8.