MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The families of victims of two high-profile police shootings in Minnesota are connecting Thursday night.

Valerie Castile came to a rally and march in support of Justine Damond outside the Damond’s south Minneapolis home. Her son, Philando Castile, was shot and killed by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in July 2016. Yanez was charged with manslaughter and found not guilty in a Ramsey County court last month.

Valerie Castile and Don Damond (credit: CBS)

Castile stood side-by-side with Justine Damond’s fiance Don Damond at the planned vigil while a crowd looked on, silently, with some wiping away tears.

“We’re just here to support the family, that’s all,” Valerie told WCCO at the rally.

Justine Damond, a meditation and yoga teacher, was fatally shot late Saturday night near her home after calling 911 over concerns of hearing a possible assault. When police arrived, they spoke to Damond near an alley. Minneapolis Police say Officer Mohamed Noor fired the fatal shots.

Comments (8)
  1. No one with common sense would compare the two shot. Phil was an unlawfully ARMED, illegal drug impaired defiant driver who was facing arrest on weapons violations, impaired driving, child endangerment, and drug charges. He pulled a gun on a police officer.
    Media bias failing to report.
    On the other hand, black lies matter, who called for death to police, where many executions had been carried out, is a contributing factor for an officer’s response.
    My prayers are with her and her family.

    1. Where on earth do you get your facts from? Enquirer?

    2. Lenny Erik says:

      The number of falsehoods you’ve packed into one paragraph is remarkable. Catsile had a permit, he was lawfully armed. He was reaching for his ID, he didn’t pull his gun on the officer, it was still in his pocket when he died.

      There is no evidence he was impaired, he was pulled over because Yanez thought he looked similar to a suspect in a robber that had just occurred and because of a broken taillight. He had THC in his system but it’s unknown if he smoked that day or not because it lingers in the blood.

      In your last sentence you’re essentially stating that black people don’t have the black people are justifiably held to different standards of conduct by police because a tiny percentage of black people have condoned or even acted on horrible things. Right-wing white extremists have also called for overthrowing a police state with violence, should cops be suspicious and quick to pull the trigger on all white people as a result? Your implication is a violation of Constitutional Rights.

      Yanez claimed Castile’s supposed disregard for the little girl’s life via secondhand smoke led him to believe he would could also pull a gun on a cop. Should anyone who smokes around children, whether cigarettes or marijuana (neither of which are even a crime in many states now btw), be shot when reaching for their IDs if they’ve divulged they have a gun?

      1. Selective listening and repeated one line stories by a bias media limits understanding. Phil’s drug use put him in violation of MN weapons charges (permit or no permit to carry). His impairment while driving, with the child in his car, places him in violation of MN DWI child endangerment statutes, illegal drugs were located in the car by the BCA. Passenger said the drugs belonged to Phil. Previous traffic stops and calls to his residence, involving Phil and the St Paul Police Dept, showed a history of defiance with poor judgment. Gun pulled was described in detail by the stopping Officer. Passenger also testified that she saw Phil put the gun in the holster like she seen him do everyday. The gun was not holstered when found. Four use-of-force instructors said the shot was justified. The media decided to repeat one defense use of force instructor’s testimony with no other supporting witnesses.

        1. Kelli Alves says:

          Oh bless your heart, shug. It’s quite apparent that you’re crazier than a bed bug and dumber than a sack of hair. I hope you get the help you need.

  2. I WILL REMEMBER where I was #JFK #PRINCESSdiana #NelsonMandala https://www.facebook.com/groups/1308889415826570/permalink/1348127668569411/?pnref=story … #DonDamond comforted by #Valerie Castile