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Lawyers’ Committee Responds to Police-Involved Shooting Death of Philando Castile and Requests the U.S. Department of Justice to Swiftly Launch Investigation

For Immediate Release July 7, 2016


Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Lawyers’ Committee) issued the following the St. Anthony Police Department-involved shooting of Philando Castile:

“Once again, another African American man is shot and killed at the hands of the police, this time while still wearing a seat belt in the driver’s seat of a vehicle pulled over for a broken tail light.,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “The crisis of police-involved shootings across our country is intensifying. Impacted families and communities, including young children, demand answers. We request that the U.S. Department of Justice swiftly bring federal resources to bear to ensure a thorough and fair investigation, and if warranted, a criminal prosecution of the officers involved in the shooting death of Mr. Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.”

“Following the criminal investigation, a civil investigation of the St. Anthony Police Department should be conducted to identify and eliminate systemic problems that may have contributed to Mr. Castile’s tragic death.  Moreover, it is time for the Justice Department, lawmakers and law enforcement officials to collectively address the need for implicit bias training and other entrenched problems that have resulted in the loss of too many black lives at the hands of police officers,” added Clarke.

Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Clarke served as a former federal prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice where she handled police brutality cases.  Clarke also worked at the New York State Attorney General’s Office where she assisted with efforts to appoint the Attorney General’s Office as an independent prosecutor tasked with handling all investigations and any prosecutions resulting from police-involved shootings of unarmed individuals in New York State.


About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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