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CAIR-MN ‘Disappointed’ with Verdict in Philando Castile Police Shooting Case

CAIR MN Disappointed with Verdict in Philando Castile Police Shooting Case(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/16/2017) - - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today, express disappointment with the Philando Castile police-involved shooting Case.

Almost a year ago, Philando Castile was killed in his car by Officer Geronimo Yanez. Today, after a week-long deliberation, the jury in officer Yanez’s trial returned a verdict of not guilty on the charges of manslaughter and two weapons charges.

"We are disappointed with today's verdict and the message it sends to minority communities in Minnesota and nationwide," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "We hope this sad day may serve as a catalyst for change in our society. We must all redouble our efforts to achieve reform of the system that results in such tragedies.”

"We extend our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Castile’s family, to his fiancé Diamond Reynolds and his mother Valerie. Ms. Reynolds showed incredible bravery and composure during the incident, recording the aftermath of the shooting for the world to see, shining a light on the egregious injustice and in recounting the events in court. Valerie Castile has likewise acted as a pillar of strength throughout the trial, and offered messages of hope and calm to the entire community".

"CAIR-MN understands that the system that allows an African-American man to be shot to death in less than two minutes by a police officer is the same system of racial injustice that profiles and threatens the safety of Muslims in our communities. We stand with the NAACP, #BlackLivesMatter and other groups fighting racial injustice because we know that standing alongside one another is the only way that we will win the fight against hatred, bigotry and oppression."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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