MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The attorney representing Philando Castile’s family is praising Sen. Tim Kaine following Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate, in which the topic of race and policing was discussed.
In a statement on Wednesday, Judge Glenda Hatchett, the former court show host who is representing Castile’s mother, said she applauded Kaine for “his insightful discussion on what is happening in this nation and his courageous analysis of the tragic murder of Philando Castile.”
During the debate, Kaine said that minorities in America are arrested at higher rates and often punished more harshly than their white counterparts.
“They called him Mr. Rogers with dreadlocks in the school that he worked,” Kaine said while speaking about Castile on the debate stage. “The kids loved him, but he had been stopped by police 40 or 50 times.”
Castile was fatally shot by a police officer in July during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. The immediate and gruesome aftermath of the shooting was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, prompting protests around Minnesota and the country.
The officer who pulled the trigger, St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, is currently on administrative leave.
Last month, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s investigation into the shooting was handed over to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for review.
John Choi, the county attorney, has not given a timeline as to when a decision on possible charges against Yanez will be made.