Judge Glenda Hatchett To Represent Philando Castile’s Family
Philando, 32, was shot and killed last Wednesday (July 6) by Minnesota police during a traffic stop. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed the aftermath of his shooting death via Facebook.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando multiple times as he reached for his driver’s license. Yanez had been placed on administrative leave.
Via 11 Alive.com:
“I am deeply concerned about what seems to be an epidemic of African-American men being killed by police officers. We have often seemed demonstrations and debates and I raise the critical question, ‘When will there be systemic reform?’ Reform such that, citizens are not in fear of their lives when stopped and questioned by the police,” Hatchett said in a statement.
Castile, a school nutrition supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori School, had received no prior felony arrests, according to officials.
Hatchett and Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, will hold a news conference Tuesday morning at the Minnesota State Capitol building to outline their expectations for their civil case, announce funeral arrangements for Castile, and to respond to media questions.
“Valerie Castile and her family are very passionate and committed to ensuring that Philando’s death is not just another statistic,” said Hatchett. “She wants her son’s death to mark a time in this country’s history where reform becomes less about rhetoric and more about reality.”