Curtis Avent spoke at the Department of Justice listening session Jan. 10 in St. Anthony Village, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services review of the St. Anthony Police Department. The review comes in the wake of the police killing of Philando Castile, a black man, in Falcon Heights by a St. Anthony officer. Similar listening sessions took place in Falcon Heights and Lauderdale last week. Avent criticized the DOJ for having listening sessions in any single city, because the issue of race and policing, he said, affects more than any one community or police department.
Events part of department review following Castile killing
On the south side of Larpenteur Avenue opposite Fry Street, a sign at the memorial for Philando Castile, killed by a police officer during a July traffic stop nearby, reminds Falcon Heights it’s being watched. The suburb convenes its Inclusion and Policing Task Force Dec. 13, which will make recommendations about how Falcon Heights should be policed.
Just more than five months after the police killing of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, the city is convening a group of people to examine policing in the suburb and make recommendations about its future.
Following the Nov. 16 announcement that St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez would be charged with second-degree manslaughter for killing Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, people massed at J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul, where Castile worked, to mark the news.
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