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Cultivating a Caring Community, Healing and Understanding panel discussion -- July 6, 2019: (L-R) Melany Leehy, Falcon Heights City Council member; Kay Andrews, Falcon Heights Inclusion and Policing Task Force member; John Thomson, nonprofit director; Valerie Castile, mother of Philando and activist; Sack Thongvanh, Falcon Heights city administrator
Toolkit on the Prosecutor’s Role in Officer-Involved Fatalities and Critical Incidents developed by the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution (IIP). The IIP convened a year-long Working Group on the prosecutor's role in addressing officer-involved fatalities. Comprised of 50 experts from across the country—prosecutors, police chiefs, and families directly impacted—the Working Group included Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, whose office tried the police officer who killed Philando Castile, Philando's mother Valerie Castile, and Philando's uncle Clarence Castile. The group developed a Toolkit with concrete actions prosecutors can take and communities can advocate for around the shared goals of preventing use of force, and providing a path to accountability for unjustified force. With the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) and IIP, County Attorney Choi and Ms. Castile discussed the working group model and the Toolkit culminating from its work on March 11, 2019.
View the Toolkit.
Learn more about the Working Group.
Click on the video above to listen to the March 11 conversation with John Choi and Valerie Castile.
Minneapolis Urban League Annual Unity Ball (Oct. 25, 2018)
Visit the News Archive for earlier articles (2017).
Vice News Tonight
(June 4, 2020): George Floyd's killing has reignited calls for justice nationwide. VICE News speaks with Valerie Castile, who also lost her son, Philando Castile, to police violence in 2016.
Grieving Out Loud: a conversation with Valerie Castile. Episode 6 from the Minneapolis Foundation Conversations with Chandra podcast series.
ChangeMakers: Valerie and Allysza Castile, carrying on Philando's spirit
MPR News (Feb. 27, 2019)
‘We Have Had Enough’: Toolkit Seeks To Reduce, Prevent Police Shooting Deaths, CBS Minnesota, WCCO 4 (Feb. 28, 2019)
Welcome Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile (Show #119), Radar Radio USA, BLIS.FM (Oct. 19, 2018)
R.I.P. Philando Castile (Show #82), Neo Noir, BLIS.FM (Oct. 18, 2018)
Ujamaa Place Power Hour with Valerie Castile, SoundCloud