The Latest: County prosecutor: Better interactions needed

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal police shooting in suburban St. Paul (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

A Minnesota prosecutor says there must be better interactions between police and African-Americans.

Ramsey County Prosecutor John Choi said at a Friday news conference that his staff has been working closely with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on the investigation, which he says is a top priority.

He has asked for a “prompt and thorough investigation” in Wednesday’s shooting of Philandro Castile, and they’ll present the case to the prosecutor’s office. Choi says he thinks there are benefits to using grand juries but will decide later.

Protesters on Thursday urged Choi not to use a grand jury, arguing it’s secretive and lets police officers off the hook.

Choi also asked for peace throughout the U.S. and in protests.


9:45 a.m.

The girlfriend of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb, says the Dallas shootings were not caused by his death alone.

Diamond Reynolds said Friday on CNN that instead it’s about all the people who have lost family members at the hands of police, including Trayvon Martin. Martin was shot and killed in 2012 in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

Reynolds’ words came hours after the sniper shootings of Dallas police officers. Authorities say the suspect, who was killed, told police he was upset about recent police shootings.

Castile’s family is calling for an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, independent of the state probe by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.


7 a.m.

St. Paul police made one arrest after bottles and rocks were thrown by a rogue group of protesters who broke away from a peaceful demonstration outside the governor’s residence in the aftermath of a fatal police shooting.

Police say the group made their way to a nearby commercial street where they broke the storefront window of one business as well as windows of an unattended police squad car.

Sgt. Mike Ernster says officers used a chemical irritant to stop the perpetrators. He says the individual arrested could face a charge of felony riot. No serious injuries were reported.

Police say demonstrators continued to gather peacefully outside the governor’s mansion.


6:15 a.m.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Minnesota governor’s mansion in St. Paul to support family and friends grieving a black man fatally shot by police during a routine traffic stop.

The gathering Thursday evening was the second time a crowd grew outside the governor’s residence in the wake of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a police officer in suburban Falcon Heights. Gov. Mark Dayton spoke individually with demonstrators, but did not address the crowd as a whole.

Demonstrators initially gathered outside the residence early Thursday, hours after Philando Castile was killed during a traffic stop.

As the crowd thinned Thursday night, demonstrators marched from the mansion to the place where Castile was shot, blocking traffic at several intersections along the way. About 50 marchers headed back to the governor’s residence overnight.


4:20 a.m.

Minnesota’s governor says a suburban police officer probably wouldn’t have shot a black motorist dead if the driver had been white.

Gov. Mark Dayton’s strong words about this week’s killing of Philando Castile threw him straight into a suddenly reignited debate about how police treat people of color.

Dayton all but called Castile’s death in a St. Paul suburb an act of racism. He told protesters gathered outside his residence all day and night that no one should die over a traffic stop.

Hours after Dayton’s remarks, gunmen shot and killed five police officers and wounded six more amid protests in Dallas over Castile’s killing and a second fatal police shooting of a black man.

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