Stevie Wonder speaks on Yanez verdict in Mpls.

Stevie Wonder told the crowd that we must place a higher value on human life. http://kare11.tv/2sBSnpt

MINNEAPOLIS - Stevie Wonder responded to the Yanez verdict at a Minneapolis church on Saturday.

The Grammy-winning legend appeared at the Conference of Peace in Minneapolis, held at New Salem Baptist Church, at 5 p.m.

Stevie Wonder and former NAACP President Benjamin Chavis were already lined up as keynote speakers for the conference, but on Saturday a press release went out that Stevie Wonder would make a statement in response to the verdict in the trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez, charged with manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile.

Stevie Wonder told the crowd that we must place a higher value on a life.

"It's about bringing people together," he said. "And you all have the responsibility and I please hope that you will take a commitment and use the rest of your lives to do great things to bring the world back together."

He also said that until we come together, the nation and the world will not come together.

"Please know that you are your brother and your sister's keeper," he said.

Yanez was found not guilty of all counts on Friday.

The conference started at 9 a.m. Saturday and includes panels like "Approaches to Solutions to Reduce Violence" and "Police and Communities of Color."

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