Rep. Ellison Statement on Officer Yanez Verdict
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty in the killing of Philando Castile:
“This is an extremely painful day for our community. Just under a year ago, thousands of us rallied to support the Castile family in their time of hurt and crisis. Many people who knew Philando – his family, friends, students, and other loved ones – are forever marked by his death.
“Today’s verdict re-opens old wounds, on top of the scars from past injustices that make so many Black Americans feel that their lives don’t matter.
“I want to commend Ramsey County Attorney John Choi for taking the charging decision into his own hands rather than going to a grand jury, and for bringing the charges that he believed the facts and law supported.
“Today, my heart is with the family of Philando Castile. Our community must keep fighting in honor of Philando to make sure a tragedy like this never happens again. The movement for justice will continue to march ahead.”