According to a recent report published on September 28 by CBS Minnesota,
the recent findings of the Philando Castile case now lie in the hands
of Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.
For the last three months, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been
investigating the shooting of Philando Castile, a man who was shot by
Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony police officer. As of now, sources believe
that it could take months before Choi makes a decision on whether Officer
Yanez acted appropriately, and if not, whether charges should be filed.
Commenting on the case,
Attorney Joe Tamburino states, “Mr. Choi’s office is going to have to decide whether
the case goes to a grand jury or does he decided whether or not to charge
by himself…he could do either […] It’s a very hard
position to be in.”
In a statement, Choi states that he plans to enlist help of national use-of-force
consultants to assist him in reviewing the findings. Although some believe
the investigation is taking too long to resolve, Tamburino believes that
the BCA and Choi are doing the right thing in conducting detailed investigations.
While Choi did not provide an estimated time of when he would make a decision,
he did refer to another case where another county attorney took seven
weeks to reach a decision.
To learn more, read the
recently published article.