Protesters began chanting “hands up, don’t shoot” when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton mentioned Philando Castile’s name while speaking in Minneapolis.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has taken the rare step of hiring an outside attorney to help with deciding if police officers who killed Philando Castile at a traffic stop should be prosecuted. Choi says Hamline Law Dean is the special prosecutor in the case, a title that the Minneapolis NAACP says is “misleading” and a case of Choi “trying to have it both ways–retaining his authority over the case while being endorsed by a ‘special prosecutor’.”
The shooting sparked protests in Minnesota and across the country and prompted Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to say Castile would still be alive if he were white.
Lewis will work with a team of several others in the Ramsey County Attorney’s office on the case which is still under investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). Choi did not know when the BCA would turn the case over to his office, but noted it took about 13 weeks for the BCA to send the Jamar Clark case to the Hennepin County Attorney.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the American Federation of Teachers national convention in Minneapolis. US Senators from Minnesota Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar also speak.
"United for Philando" chanted many of the thousands of people showed up for the funeral of Philando Castile, the man police killed at a traffic stop which set off a wave of protests across the country.