DOJ Hears From Community in Wake of Fatal Shooting by Police
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) - A federal agency that's reviewing a Minnesota police department following the fatal shooting of Philando Castile held the first of several community listening sessions.
It's been six months since a St. Anthony police officer shot and killed Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. More than 100 people attended Monday night's meeting at the Falcon Heights Elementary School.
Castile, who was black, was killed July 6 by police officer Jeronimo Yanez. The officer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and other counts. Some black speakers talked about police harassment and traffic stops for minor infractions. Others expressed frustration that there will be no justice for Castile.
The listening sessions are being held by the DOJ's office of Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS.