NEW YORK, NY – Today, the Ramsey County, Minnesota District Attorney’s Office charged police officer Jeronimo Yanez with second-degree manslaughter for the killing of Philando Castile, an unarmed Black man, in July.

 

 

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color Of Change:

 

The decision to charge Officer Yanez with manslaughter is just one step towards police accountability. We look forward to his full conviction under the Ramsey County District Attorney's office's vigorous prosecution, and are holding Ramsey County attorney John J. Choi accountable to his unambiguous statement that  ‘no reasonable officer..would have used deadly force under these circumstances.’"

 

“The ongoing demands of accountability from Black communities are crucial to seeing justice for Philando. Before Yanez, no officer had been prosecuted in Minnesota--in more than 150 police-involved deaths--since 2000. This change in course cannot be credited to anything but the people who've made their voices heard, protested in the streets, and sparked national movements to put an end to the rampant anti-Blackness in our criminal justice system.

 

“Now, more than ever, we need to demand that local officials take action, like Ramsey County Attorney Choi did today, to hold police departments accountable for unlawful use of force against Black communities. While we encourage the current administration’s Department of Justice to continue its watchful eye over this case, we know that local actors—in government, and our communities—will be all the more crucial in the years ahead.”