Tag: Minnesota

Video Shows Philando Castile Did Not Have to Die

Philando Castile was killed by a police officer during a July 6, 2016, traffic stop for legally owning a firearm while Black, according to dashboard camera video released Tuesday. But, onFriday, St. Anthony Police Department Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of the criminal charges of manslaughter and reckless discharge of…

Officer who Killed Philando Castile Claims He Feared for His Life

(Reuters) The Minnesota policeman who shot and killed Philando Castilelast year feared for his life and was simply trying to protect himself, his lawyer said on Monday at the start of the officer’s trial on second-degree manslaughter charges. The killing, filmed in part by Castile’s girlfriend as he sat bleeding…

White Man Who Shot 5 BLM Protesters Gets 15-Year Sentence

Allen Scarsella was sentenced to 15 years and two months in prison on Wednesday for shooting and injuring five Black men near a Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstration in Minneapolis on Nov. 23, 2015. The shootings followed nine days of peaceful demonstrations outside the city’s Fourth Precinct in response to…

Republicans Seek to Criminalize, Deter Peaceful Protesting

Republicans in eight states have proposed bills that would criminalize peaceful protesting a right that is guaranteed by the First Amendment. Initially, legislationwas proposed in five states: Iowa, Michigan, Washington State, Minnesota and North Dakota. The bill in North Dakota says motorists can freely run over protesters as long as…

Nation's First Somali American Woman Lawmaker Harassed in D.C.

By Sheryl Estrada Just weeks after her win in a Minnesota House race, Ilhan Omar,the nation’s first Somali American Muslim woman legislator,said she endured the most “hateful, derogatory, Islamophobic, sexist” experience of her life. Omar was visiting Washington, D.C., this week to attend the State Innovation Exchange conference held Monday…

First Black Santa at Mall of America Rejected by Racists

For some, only a white Santa Claus can come to their town. By Sheryl Estrada Larry “Santa Larry” Jefferson poses with a child. For the first time, the Santa Claus greeting children at Santa Experience in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., was a Black man. But, a nonwhite…

Cop Charged in Fatal Shooting of Philando Castile

The Minnesota police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop this past summer was charged with second-degree manslaughter Wednesday along with two other felonies. In announcing the charges, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez’s use of deadly force was not…

Protesters Arrested, Obama Seeks Unity, Families Call for Peace

With the backdrop of nationwide protests over police shootings last week and the tragedy in Dallas, comments over the weekend ranged from President Barack Obama saying we are not in a race war to Bill O’Reilly calling Black Lives Matter a “hate America” group. Hundreds of Protesters Arrested in Demonstrations…