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.READ MORE: Semi Driver Killed In I-94 Crash In St. Michael, State Patrol Says
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.READ MORE: Man Charged With Murder In Gunfight-Turned-Crash That Killed Autumn Merrick, 18
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.MORE NEWS: Stray Bullets Hit Daycare, Multiple Homes In Brooklyn Park
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has not released the squad car video saying it’s part of the ongoing investigation.