City of Saint Paul to make available public spaces for facilitated community conversations
Following the jury’s verdict in State of Minnesota v. Jeronimo Yanez, Mayor Chris Coleman today (June 16, 2017) released the following statement. He also announced that the City of Saint Paul, along with the support of the Saint Paul Foundation and local nonprofits, will be making spaces available for a series of facilitated community conversations.
“Today we learned of the jury’s verdict regarding the shooting death of Philando Castile,” said Mayor Coleman. “Philando was a son of Saint Paul – a graduate of Central High School, and a dedicated employee at J.J. Hill Montessori, where he was loved by his students and co-workers.
“I commend Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and his staff for bringing this case – they did what they believed to be right for the cause of justice. Regardless of how you feel about the outcome, this is a difficult time in our community. Recognizing there is need for support, we will be opening the doors of community centers, schools and local gathering spaces for residents to come together for dialogue and understanding.
“As people across our city, state and country react to the jury’s verdict, I urge each of us to move forward in a way that is peaceful and respectful of everyone – residents, demonstrators and police officers alike.”
Residents can attend any of the facilitated community conversations at the following times and locations:
- Friday, June 16, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, 270 N. Kent Street
- Saturday, June 17, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Avenue
- Monday, June 19, 2017 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Wellstone Center, 179 Robie Street East
Additional community meetings may be scheduled and announced next week.
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