“To those of you who may say this incident was Philando Castile’s fault, I would submit that no reasonable officer — knowing, seeing and hearing what officer Yanez did at the time — would have used deadly force under these circumstances.”

John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney


“It’s the beginning to a different chapter. We hope that the right thing is done in this chapter.”

Valerie Castile, mother of Philando


“The system has at last shown a willingness for accountability of its officers.”

Nekima Levy-Pounds, former head of the Minneapolis NAACP


“What’s changed is that we now have more video evidence and the police no longer solely own the narrative.”

Philip Stinson, a former cop who is now a criminologist at Bowling Green State University in Ohio


“No one can speak for Officer Yanez as to what he actually encountered and what he feared that evening. We hope all people can understand that and can refrain from judgment.”

Dennis Flaherty, head of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association


“I commend the County Attorney for his careful review; the judicial process must now resolve the proper outcome.”

Gov. Mark Dayton