ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota school districts cannot block students from graduation ceremonies over unpaid lunch debt, Attorney General Keith Ellison said Wednesday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The mother of Philando Castile and the prosecutor who charged the officer who killed him have teamed up with others to develop a tool kit for law enforcement to use in times...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man admitted Thursday that he hacked into state government databases in 2017 as an act of retaliation after the acquittal of an officer who fatally shot Philando...
Emotion run high in Minnesota debate on legalizing marijuana
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Emotions ran high as debate kicked off at the state Capitol on Wednesday on whether Minnesota should legalize recreational marijuana, with cannabis supporters heckling opponents of legalization during a news conference that ended in a shouting match.
Court overturns police shooting protester’s conviction
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota appeals court has overturned the conviction of the only person who was tried for blocking a freeway during a protest of the police shooting of Philando Castile.
St. Paul police bring recruitment to the movie theaters
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police are taking recruitment efforts to the big screen.
The police department has a new trailer-length video that will run at select movie theaters starting Friday as part of its effort to recruit more women to the force. The 55-second recruitment video features St. Paul Officer Anna Taylor and will air at Mann theatres across Minnesota.
Charges dropped against protesters in Castile shooting
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor said Wednesday she is dropping charges against 17 people who were arrested while protesting the 2016 fatal shooting of a black motorist whose girlfriend livestreamed the shooting's bloody aftermath online.
Several of the 17 had been scheduled to go to trial in mid-August, more than two years after protests erupted following the death of Philando Castile.
ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police department has announced new goals to help rebuild community trust following the 2016 death of Philando Castile, a black man who was shot inside his car during a traffic stop streamed live on Facebook.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who allegedly hacked into Minnesota government databases last year because he was angry over the acquittal of the officer who shot and killed Philando Castile was charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota judge has sentenced the girlfriend of Philando Castile to a year of probation for assaulting a woman last year.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota police department criticized after one of its officers shot black motorist Philando Castile during a traffic stop released some data on traffic stops and race Wednesday, calling it part of a commitment to being more transparent.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota law enforcement agencies have pulled out of a training class that has been criticized after it was revealed that the suburban police officer who shot and killed black motorist Philando Castile in 2016 had attended the training as part of his continuing education.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Minnesota law enforcement agencies' decisions to pull out of BulletProof training (all times local):
The Minneapolis Police Department has joined a county sheriff's office in pulling its officers out of training that was criticized after the 2016 shooting of Philando Castile.
On Tuesday, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo says his department decided not to send officers to the BulletProof training after careful consideration.
Cousin of Philando Castile looking to start vegan restaurant in Minneapolis
A cousin of Philando Castile who narrowly avoided prosecution for protesting Castiles killing by police and lost his home and business after being charged is now one of three people trying to start a vegan restaurant in Minneapolis.
Diamond Reynolds convicted of misdemeanor for assaulting woman, but cleared of more serious counts
A Ramsey County jury on Friday convicted Diamond Reynolds of a misdemeanor for assaulting a woman last year, but cleared her on more serious charges.
Reynolds was acquitted of felony second-degree and third-degree assault. She was convicted of misdemeanor fifth-degree assault, a count that was added at the end of her weeklong trial in Ramsey County District Court.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury has acquitted the girlfriend of Philando Castile of serious charges in an assault on a woman last year.
Jurors on Friday acquitted 28-year-old Diamond Reynolds of felony second-degree and third-degree assault. Reynolds was convicted of misdemeanor fifth-degree assault, a count that was added at the end of her weeklong trial.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly two years after a black man was shot and killed during a struggle with two white police officers, Louisiana's attorney general isn't pursuing charges against the officers in a decision that infuriated Alton Sterling's family and frustrated residents in the neighborhood where he died.
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- Star TribuneCharges dropped against remaining 17 people who protested Castile killingAugust 1, 2018
- Star TribuneFear-based training for police officers is challengedJuly 12, 2018
Before Philando Castile became a household name in July 2016, when his deadly encounter with a Minnesota police officer was streamed live on Facebook, students at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School knew him simply as Mr. Phil. He was the school nutrition worker who often swooped in to pay for their lunches when they could not afford them.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A fundraising campaign honoring Philando Castile has raised enough money to pay the debt of students enrolled in a federal school lunch program in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The fundraiser was created in memory of Castile, a school cafeteria supervisor who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2016 in suburban St. Paul. Last week the campaign, called Philando Feeds the Children, presented a $35,000 check to the school district.
An online fundraiser started in memory of Philando Castile has raised enough to pay off the St. Paul School Districts entire school lunch debt, as donations continued to climb Monday.
After hitting the $100,000 milestone in December, the fundraiser called Philando Feeds the Children had collected enough money to cover the districts school lunch debt a little more than a week ago, according to its webpage on YouCaring.com.
To truly honor Martin Luther King’s legacy, it is important not only to celebrate the progress that the civil rights movement made possible but also to grapple with the full truth of our nation’s history, to acknowledge the inequities with which our society still struggles and to recognize our individual responsibility for social change.
Galvanized by what they see as corporate dominance over the upcoming Super Bowl, a coalition of activist groups plans to protest the Feb. 4 game.
As Lynx coach, Cheryl Reeve has built a dynasty wielding intensity and empathy
On July 7, 2016, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve woke up in her Uncasville, Conn., hotel room to the news.
Philando Castile had been shot during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn. The day before, a black man, Alton Sterling, had been shot by police outside a store in Baton Rouge, La.
“I couldn’t imagine how they were feeling,” Reeve said of her team. “I couldn’t sit back and do nothing.”
After the morning workout, Reeve asked her four captains, “What should we do?”
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On July 7, 2016, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve woke up in her Uncasville, Conn., hotel room to the news.
Philando Castile had been shot during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. The day before, a black man, Alton Sterling, had been shot by police outside a store in Baton Rouge, La.
I couldnt imagine how they were feeling, Reeve said of her team. I couldnt sit back and do nothing.
After the morning workout, Reeve asked her four captains, What should we do?
Roseville panel discussion on race sparks growing community conversation series
It was after the July 2016 shooting of Philando Castile by a St. Anthony police officer, and Roseville resident Nyia Harris wanted her community to hear the perspective of black men regarding policing, bias, everyday life.
So she went to Do Good Roseville and pitched Ask a Black Man, a February panel discussion and question-and-answer session that ended with a standing ovation by its audience of 100 people.
Rice County official backtracks on controversial tweet criticizing Diamond Reynolds payout
A Rice County official appears to be backtracking from a controversial tweet over an $800,000 settlement to Diamond Reynolds nearly a year and a half after her boyfriend, Philando Castile, was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop as she sat in the passenger seat.
A mother’s pain: Valarie Castile opens up about life without her son
The mother of Philando Castile is determined to keep a positive light on her son’s legacy
Most of us spent last week surrounded by the love of family and friends, recounting the many reasons for which we are thankful … most of us.
Castile’s girlfriend reaches settlement over police shooting
ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota city that employed a police officer who fatally shot black motorist Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year has reached a settlement with Castile's girlfriend and her daughter, who were in the car with him when he was killed.
St. Anthony City Council agrees to pay Philando Castile’s girlfriend $675,000
The St. Anthony City Council met behind closed doors Tuesday night to discuss threatened litigation from Diamond Reynolds and her daughter in connection with the police shooting of Philando Castile.
When they emerged 20 minutes later they quickly voted unanimously to approve a settlement agreement with Reynolds of $675,000.
The payout will resolve all civil litigation against the city and current and former employees and opens the door to healing, said Mayor Jerry Faust.
Faced with a huge jump in the cost of law enforcement in the wake of the 2016 fatal police shooting of Philando Castile, Falcon Heights is preparing to impose a form of taxation on the Minnesota State Fair and the University of Minnesotas St. Paul campus large tax-exempt entities within its borders.
Everyone thinks we get a penny off every Pronto Pup. Thats just not the case, said Falcon Heights Mayor Peter Lindstrom.
‘Shaming’ over school lunch debts has to stop, says Minnesota legislator
Kids whose families fall behind on school lunch payments should not be shamed over the money due, and districts employing hard-line tactics could run the risk of having state aid withheld from them, a state lawmaker said Tuesday.
Philando Castile’s uncle is now a reserve police officer, with the blessing of his family
Clarence Castile, the uncle of Philando Castile, is now an officer with the St. Paul Police Reserve Unit.
Five months ago, he told local reporters in St. Paul, Minnesota, that he wanted to be a part of the police force in part because of the death of his nephew, who was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in 2016.
"It drives me to be upfront and center with a uniform on, and tell young people they have nothing to fear," he told CNN.
At police-community forum, Philando Castile’s mother says nightmare hasn’t ended
Valerie Castiles nightmare of losing her son at the hands of police hasnt ended, and she made that clear Wednesday night at a panel discussion on police-community relations at Elim Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale.
Her son, Philando Castile, 32, was fatally shot July 6, 2016, by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. The officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted of all charges at trial. He later agreed to leave the department.
Crowded City Council races in St. Anthony and Lino Lakes brought a mix of old faces and new to Tuesday ballots in the north metro, with several political newcomers battling incumbents in closely watched contests.
In St. Anthony, six candidates vied for two City Council seats in a race that has been guided by thorny debates over police accountability, affordable housing and racial equity. Results were unavailable as of press time.
East metro council races featured some tense issues
East metro races featured a bid for voters to settle a bitter dispute in New Brighton, and an election in Falcon Heights that centered on the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile.
Russian attempts to use social media to disrupt U.S. politics came home to Minnesotans recently with the revelation that Russia-linked Facebook accounts may have been used to aid a protest for Philando Castile in July 2016.
One of several Twin Cities protests four days after the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile 16 months ago may have been organized in part by Russian hackers, according to national media accounts, before skeptical local organizers took over.
The word village springs to the lips of St. Anthony residents and city leaders alike when they speak of their community.
The treasured moniker is braided into the citys logo and mission statement, an emphatic nod to what many describe as the first-ring suburbs quiet charm.
Falcon Heights has new contract for police services
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The City of Falcon Heights has a new contract for police services.
It will replace the St. Anthony Police Department with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office in 2018. The fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a St. Anthony officer in Falcon Heights was a catalyst for the city to look elsewhere for police services.
The City Council voted for the change Wednesday night. Council member Joe Brown says the new contract is in the best interest of the city.
After a year and a half of intense criticism and scrutiny of its policing practices, Falcon Heights made it official: Starting Jan. 1, the 6,000-resident suburb will be patrolled by Ramsey County sheriffs deputies.
Police shooting protesters kneel before Vikings home game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters kneeled outside of U.S. Bank Stadium before the Minnesota Vikings' game against the Baltimore Ravens.
About 50 people took part in the demonstration Sunday while the national anthem played inside the Minneapolis stadium. The protesters say they want to raise awareness about shootings by police officers.
Organizer of Castile fundraiser has plans for nonprofit
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The organizer of a fundraising campaign in honor of Philando Castile has plans to make it a self-sustaining nonprofit to help feed children.
Castile was an elementary school cafeteria supervisor who was fatally shot by a police officer last year in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Falcon Heights City Council will host a listening session Wednesday evening about its new policing contract with the Ramsey County Sheriffs Office.
In July, St. Anthony City Council terminated its policing contract with Falcon Heights in the wake of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile.
St. Paul man sues police after detainment in wake of Philando Castile protest
A St. Paul man is suing the city and several of its police officers for allegedly violating his constitutional rights by detaining him in the wake of last year’s Philando Castile protest on I-94 that turned violent between demonstrators and police.
It's 2017. Police brutality can be captured by the touch of a phone screen.
This ability has sparked many people to record interactions with police. Instances of police brutality have been captured on video including the shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. These incidents and many more have started protests around the nation. But not all of these instances have been captured on camera.
DOJ program changes leave review of St. Anthony uncertain
ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (AP) — The Justice Department says it is changing a program that helped troubled police departments build community trust, creating uncertainty about the future of a review requested by the St. Anthony Police Department in the wake of the 2016 shooting of Philando Castile.
City Manager Mark Casey said he doesn't know what the change means, but the city is still committed to making improvements.
Fundraiser to pay school lunch debt, honor Castile tops goal
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Organizers say a fundraiser to pay student lunch debt at the St. Paul school that employed a man who was fatally shot by a suburban Minneapolis police officer has far exceeded expectations.
The online fundraiser to honor Philando Castile had an original goal of $5,000 to pay the lunch debt at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet. Castile was a nutrition supervisor at the school, whose students affectionately knew him as "Mr. Phil."
Around the state: 6 hurt when man drives car into crowd
Prosecutor: Damond's death 'didn't have to happen'
MINNEAPOLIS — The prosecutor who will decide whether criminal charges are warranted against a Minnesota police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman who had called 911 says the shooting "shouldn't have happened."