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Why the Prosecutor’s Role in Officer-Involved Deaths Has Become Critical

When police kill unarmed civilians, the path towards accountability begins with prosecutors. Elected to serve their communities as the chief law enforcement official, they have the means and mandate to confront the injustices that arise from systemic racism, writes the director of John Jay’s Institute for Innovation in Prosecution.

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MN Officer Faces Manslaughter Charge in Castile Shooting

Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minn., police officer, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile during a July 6 traffic stop. Before Yanez, no officer had been charged in more than 150 police-involved deaths in Minnesota since 2000.

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