It’s been two days since Officer Yanez was found not guilty on all charges in the death of Philando Castile, and Minnesotans are still protesting the decision.
A “Father’s Day for Philando” event is scheduled to take place at the St. Anthony Police Department from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. It’s hosted by New North, a St. Paul “grassroots watchdog organization formed to hold police accountable,” the website says.
“Philando was murdered in cold blood and will not be here this Father’s Day for Dae-Anna. Not only will he not be here. His family wasn’t given ANY justice,” the Facebook event says.
The event is meant to be a “peaceful rally and demonstration” with children welcome, but organizers are still preparing for the worst.
“We plan to hold a peaceful rally and demonstration but also must plan for cops in the Age of Donald Trump,” the post says.
It links to a PayPal account set up to cover bail funds for protestors.
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Protests so far
On Friday, 18 people were arrested after about 500 marchers closed down Interstate 94.
The arrests included some journalists, with Star Tribune videographer Mark Vancleave indicating that CityPages photographer Susan Du and Minnesota Daily Campus editor David Clarey were among those detained.
Protests continued Saturday with a crowd gathering at Loring Park and marching down Hennepin Avenue to the Minneapolis Police Department’s downtown precinct, where they gave speeches calling for unity.
There were no reports of arrests, injuries, violent incidents, or anything close on the second day of protests.
Solidarity protests have also been popping up around the Midwest, including marches in Chicago.
GoMN will update this story as it develops.