‘He used to have secret handshakes with people,’ Leila Ramgren, 10, tells StoryCorps. ‘And if you didn’t have enough on your tray, he would pull out graham crackers or something. And he did it with his own money.’ Read more →
Appearing on Weekend Edition Sunday, James said white people “need to police their own imaginations.”
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When Philando Castile was shot to death last July, many people expected the National Rifle Association to leap to the defense of Castile, who had a permit to carry the gun he was carrying. It’s what the NRA does, of course.
But not this time. Why not? Read more →
It was a short first day in the trial of officer Jeronimo Yanez, charged in the killing of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights last summer. The jury pool is filling out questionnaires about their potential as jurors. There’s no question on it asking the jurors their race; that’s illegal in Minnesota. So reporters were left today to look at individuals and try to figure out race and ethnicity. Read more →
MPR’s Tom Weber asked his considerable audience today, ‘What’s next? Where do we go from here?’ in the aftermath of last week’s police shootings, the attack on police officers in Dallas, and Saturday night’s riot on I-94.
Of the many suggestions, ‘equip police with body cameras’ seemed to be among the most common. That’s not surprising, Minnesota politicians have been wrestling with the question even before Jamar Clark was shot to death by Minneapolis police last November.
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People who have watched a near inexhaustible number of people of color die at the hands of police have used any number of rationales to ignore the obvious disparity in the justice system.
Philando Castile’s killing presents a challenge to them and Rep. Cornish because he appears to have behaved exactly the way he should have. Read more →