July 6, 2019 marked 3 years since Philando Castile was murdered in Falcon Heights, Minnesota by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez. Yanez has yet to be held to account for the panicked over reaction that resulted in the death of Philando for no good reason.
The city of Falcon Heights has taken steps to confront and address this problem. As their contract with St. Anthony Police ended in 2018, they chose to work with the Ramsey County Sheriff to police their city. The most recent effort by Falcon Heights city officials to recognize and atone for Castile's murder was the Cultivating a Caring Community: Understanding and Healing Event, held on 7-6-19.
This clip highlights the hurdles that the panelists have found on the way to a more just and kind society. For Valerie Castile it is the minimization of Philando's murder and his life. Mother Castile extorts the State of Minnesota to follow the example of Arizona in citing Philando's murder as the basis of a paragraph in the driver's manual detailing how to best survive interaction with hostile or agitated police officers. She reechoes the contention that Minnesota has done nothing to honor the sacrifice of her Son's life. Kay expresses frustration with the slow pace of substantive change. John Thompson underscores the systemic white privilege by which people across Minnesota believe they are allowed to set his agenda at events where he has been invited to speak. John goes on to tell us that some of those same people were moved by his unedited and unapologetic presentations.