Lawsuit Promised – Funeral Scheduled For Philando Castile
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The family of a black Minnesota man fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop is planning to sue over his killing.
TV judge Glenda Hatchett is the attorney representing the family of Philando Castile. She said Tuesday that there will be a lawsuit over the 32-year-old's death last week in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights.
Hatchett did not say whom the family intends to name as defendants or otherwise elaborate on the suit.
An officer from the neighboring St. Anthony police force shot Castile during a traffic stop that remains under investigation.
Castile's girlfriend streamed the immediate aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook in a video that prompted protests around the country, including in Dallas, where five officers were killed Thursday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The funeral for a black Minnesota man fatally shot by a police officer will be held Thursday at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
Church officials say the mother of 32-year-old Philando Castile requested the cathedral hold an ecumenical service for her son.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Valerie Castile wanted the funeral to be an opportunity for "people to come together in a new way." The cathedral rector will lead prayers and a Baptist pastor will deliver a eulogy.
Philando Castile was shot Wednesday during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights by an officer from the neighboring St. Anthony police force. Castile's girlfriend, a passenger in the car, streamed the shooting's aftermath live on Facebook.
Castile's funeral begins at noon after a processional from the funeral home and a viewing.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Barack Obama has made phone calls to the family members of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed in separate police shootings last week that sparked protests around the country.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama offered condolences during the calls, which he made aboard Air Force One as he flew to Dallas on Tuesday to participate in a memorial for five police officers killed during a protest Thursday.
Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, says she was ecstatic to get the president's call. Her son was killed during a traffic stop in Minnesota. A day earlier, Sterling was killed by police in Louisiana.
Valerie Castile's brother, Tracy Castile, says his sister was invited to the memorial for the slain officers but chose to stay in Minnesota to focus on her son.