Ten Demands for Positive Change
What Help Would Look Like In the Wake of the Philando Castile Homicide
1. Appoint Special Prosecutor: Appointment of a Special Prosecutor from the African American bar to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Jeronimo Yanez.
2. Release Dash-Cam Video: Immediately make public the dash camera video(s).
3. Release Statements made by Yanez: The St. Anthony Police department and/or Ramsey County Attorney should immediately inform the public of the reason(s) Yanez has stated for why he pulled over Castile. (Through his attorney, Yanez has said there was probable cause for him to pull over Castile for more than a traffic stop).
4. Require Officers to Carry Tasers: The State should mandate that all police officers in Minnesota be trained in the use of Tasers and required to carry a Taser while on active duty.
5. Mandatory Bias Training: The State should mandate 15 hours training in implicit and unconscious bias for all police officers in Minnesota and annual continuing education on that subject.
6. Mandatory Training in De-escalation Techniques: The State should mandate training in 21st century policing de-escalation techniques for all police officers in Minnesota and annual continuing education on that subject.
7. Mandatory Professional Liability Insurance: The State should mandate that all police officers in Minnesota carry and purchase at their own expense professional liability insurance as a condition of their licensure.
8. Return City to Federal Mediation Process: The City of Minneapolis must return to the Federal mediation process it unilaterally abandoned more than 10 years ago for police-community relations.
9. Fund Violence Prevention Initiatives: The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and local corporations and philanthropic organizations should immediately make funding available to expand and deploy community foot patrols and navigators to prevent violence, promote peace and access services.
10. Fund Trauma Initiatives: Minneapolis and St. Paul corporations and philanthropic organizations should immediately make funding available to address personal and community trauma from relentless violence in targeted communities.
The Minneapolis Urban League
African American Leadership Forum