How to love Victor Castile
Posted On June 11, 2021
On Monday, Victor Castille was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Castile was a 29-year-old African-American man who was shot by Minneapolis police officer Jeronimo Yanez after Castile reportedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at a squad car.
The shooting happened during an ongoing protest in which police officers are facing criticism for the death of Jamar Clark, a black man who died after being struck by a vehicle during an anti-police protest in Ferguson, Missouri.
A memorial to Castile will be erected outside the police department in Minneapolis on Tuesday, and an online petition has already collected more than 200,000 signatures, which would allow Castile’s memorial to be erected.
“He was a peaceful and loving man who loved his family,” Castile family attorney Mark Osterholm told Al Jazeera.
“His life was full of joy, love and happiness.”
The family has also launched a fundraising campaign on Change.org to raise funds to erect a memorial to the slain black man, and the family has said they will be taking legal action against the Minneapolis police department.
But a few weeks ago, Minnesota’s attorney general’s office told Al-Jazeera that it had received no such complaint and no complaint of misconduct or retaliation against police officers.
The attorney general, Lori Swanson, told Aljazeera that the office had opened an investigation into the shooting of Castile, but did not specify what was found.
“We have no record of any allegations of wrongdoing against any Minnesota police officer or any officer of the department,” Swanson told AlJazeera.
The family says that it will be filing a civil rights lawsuit against the department.
The case is currently being investigated by the city’s Office of the Independent Monitor.
Al Jazeera’s Chris Morris contributed to this report