Letter from TCA regarding Philando Castile and Community Conversations

July 7, 2017

Letter from TCA Executive Director, Betsy Lueth, regarding Philando Castile and Community Conversations

Following the jury’s verdict in State of Minnesota v. Jeronimo Yanez, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman released the following statement. He also announced that the City of Saint Paul, along with the support of the Saint Paul Foundation and local nonprofits, will be making spaces available for a series of facilitated community conversations.

“Today (June 16, 2017) we learned of the jury’s verdict regarding the shooting death of Philando Castile,” said Mayor Coleman.

“Philando was a son of Saint Paul – a graduate of Central High School, and a dedicated employee at J.J. Hill Montessori, where he was loved by his students and co-workers.

“I commend Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and his staff for bringing this case – they did what they believed to be right for the cause of justice. Regardless of how you feel about the outcome, this is a difficult time in our community. Recognizing there is need for support, we will be opening the doors of community centers, schools and local gathering spaces for residents to come together for dialogue and understanding.

“As people across our city, state and country react to the jury’s verdict, I urge each of us to move forward in a way that is peaceful and respectful of everyone – residents, demonstrators and police officers alike.”

In hopes of keeping the community dialogue open and productive here at TCA, we will be posting on our Facebook page and website, any events we host or hear about regarding this important topic. We wish to engage our students, families, and community in these conversations and welcome your feedback. Community meetings may be scheduled and announced and we will do our best to post that information here as we move forward together.

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