Tensions flare at St. Anthony Village City Council meeting

Activists demand change in St. Anthony

SAINT ANTHONY VILLAGE, Minn. - Outrage and calls for resignations dominated the Saint Anthony Village City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

Community activists and friends of Philando Castile, the St. Paul man shot and killed by former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez last July, packed the chamber and loudly voiced their concerns about the city's leadership. 

"We want you to stand up today and say you quit," said John Thompson, a friend and co-worker of Castile. He directed his words to the city council members and the city's mayor, Jerry Faust.  "And you can take your police chief with you, Mayor Faust. We're coming for your seats, each and every one of you." 

On Monday it was announced the mother of Philando Castile and the city of St. Anthony agreed to a nearly $3 million settlement involving his death. Earlier this month, a Ramsey County jury found Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty in the shooting death of Castile. Both sides said the settlement avoids a federal lawsuit and allows everyone to move forward.

At Tuesday's council meeting Thompson referred to the settlement as "blood money." He broke down in tears as he told the city's leaders, "you killed my friend. You have blood on your hands, sir. You cannot pay enough money to bring my God D***  friend back to me." 

 

 

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