3 groups demand special prosecutor in Philando Castile case

- The Minneapolis NAACP, the ACLU of Minnesota and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change are delivering a petition with 7,000 signatures that calls on Ramsey County Attorney John Choi to step aside and use an independent special prosecutor in the police shooting of Philando Castile.

On Friday, July 29 Choi to add Minneapolis attorney Don Lewis as a special prosecutor in the case. Choi said he and Lewis will review the case together, and that Lewis will be “substantially involved” in the future decision of whether to not to present the case to a grand jury

Philando Castile, 32, was shot and killed by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez during a July 6 traffic stop on Larpentuer Avenue in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, captured the aftermath of the shooting in a Facebook Live video. In the video stream, Reynolds says they were pulled over for a broken tail light. She says Castile let Officer Yanez know he had a permit to carry a firearm, and that he was reaching for his ID and wallet when he was shot.

Two days after the shooting, Choi said he would decide later if he'll use a grand jury, as is tradition, or make charging decision himself in this case. Choi said if a grand jury decides charges are warranted against Officer Yanez, “we will prosecute this case to fullest extent of the law.”


Timeline of Philando Castile shooting

JULY 6, 9 PM - Officer-involved shooting in Falcon Heights, Facebook video shows aftermath

TRANSCRIPT - What Diamond Reynolds and Officer Jeronimo Yanez said in Facebook video

JULY 7, 5:30 PM - Thousands gather outside St. Paul school to pay respect to Philando Castile

JULY 7 - Students remember Castile as 'Mr. Phil'

JULY 7, 10 AM - Governor: 'Justice will be served in Minnesota'

IN-DEPTH - Minnesota's permit to carry law and how it applies to Philando Castile

JULY 7, 9:50 PM - Police officers identified in fatal shooting of Philando Castile

JULY 8, 10:30 AM - Prosecutor considering grand jury in Philando Castile shooting

JULY 9 - Cop's lawyer: Broken tail light 'not the only reason' for traffic stop

JULY 9, 8 PM - Protest shuts down Interstate 94 in St. Paul

JULY 12 - St. Anthony police data show disproportionate black arrests

JULY 13 - Proof that Philando Castile had a permit to carry from Hennepin County

JULY 14 - Philando Castile's funeral held at Cathedral of Saint Paul

JULY 21 - Documents show Castile and Yanez cross paths in 2011

JULY 26-27 - 70 protesters arrested at Governor's Residence

JULY 27 - Falcon Heights hosts listening session


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