ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (KMSP) - 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 7, 10 AM - Governor: 'Justice will be served in Minnesota'
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, 8 PM - Protest shuts down Interstate 94 in St. Paul
JULY 26-27 - 70 protesters arrested at Governor's Residence
JULY 27 - Falcon Heights hosts listening session