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RELEASE: POCI Lawmakers Joint Statement on Yanez Verdict

Friday, June 16, 2017

Saint Paul, MINN. – Today, lawmakers in the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus in the Minnesota House and Senate released the following joint statement on the not-guilty verdict reached in the trial of Saint Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez:

“Today the courts completed the trial to seek justice for the family of Philando Castile. We were all deeply saddened by the senseless killing of Philando, who was such an important member of his community, and we share the anguish of many who disagree with this not-guilty verdict, especially his family. The journey to healing for Philando’s family, the kids who saw him every day at school, and his community certainly does not end here. We must all continue pushing to break down walls of fear and misunderstanding, to reform our legal system in the fair pursuit of justice for all, and to create a safe community for everyone in our state.”