MINNEAPOLS (WCCO) — Two months after the police shooting of Philando Castile, protesters frustrated with police relations shut down a city meeting in Falcon Heights.

The city council last night was discussing options for a task force to advise the city on police procedures, training and strategy.

But many people attending that meeting were upset that the council was not giving people a chance to talk. It led to this abrupt ending to the meeting.

The official meeting ended, but the discussion was far from over. After the mayor and council left, a heated dialogue continued between people in the room, about the task force, Castile’s shooting and issues of race and police.

Many protesters said a task force is not needed, and what they want is for the city to end its contract with the St. Anthony Police Department.

St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Castile during a traffic stop on July 6. Castile’s girlfriend showed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook live.

She says Castile was reaching for his identification, not a gun.

Yanez remains on leave as the shooting remains under investigation.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit recently demanding the release of squad car video from the shooting.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has not released the squad car video saying it’s part of the ongoing investigation.

Comments (6)
  1. dan w says:

    This is a meaningless effort by the Falcon Heights City Council to make citizens think they’re doing something. If they actually formed a “task force”, to influence training or community relations, or anything actually, it wouldn’t matter because they don’t even have a police force and they wouldn’t be able to make changes to the St. Anthony police department training or procedures.

    It’s lip service in place of any real effort to make changes…

  2. Kally Waters says:

    Just a bunch of loud mouth “want-to-be something” bafoons. Things will continue to go on like they have. Face it, the cop did nothing wrong and will be cleared. The BCA, ACLU, FBI, DOJ, Obama, Hillary… can not change the facts in the case that it was a good valid cop on criminal action shooting so just deal with it.

    1. dan w says:

      “it was a good valid cop on criminal action shooting” ;

      so are you saying cops can shoot people for broken taillights now, or just black people with broken taillights???

  3. I guess you could assume that the cop innocent until proven guilty – or that he was justified until proven not. Not like its Russia or something… this isn’t Russia, is it?

    Or you could assume that the cop is guilty and no matter what the facts or evidence show, that he is guilty. GUILTY!

    Might I remind everyone, we know NOTHING. We don’t know what happened. So getting outraged over this before any of the facts come down is pretty closed minded.