Towns parting ways after Castile; St. Anthony officers will no longer patrol Falcon Heights after shooting

Published 7:41 am Friday, June 30, 2017

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota city that employed the police officer who fatally shot a black motorist is preparing to end its patrols of the nearby town where the shooting happened last year.

St. Anthony initially intended to negotiate a new contract with Falcon Heights. But the new terms included a request to shift all liability to Falcon Heights for St. Anthony officers’ actions within those borders.

Instead, Falcon Heights city administrator Sack Thongvanh tells Minnesota Public Radio St. Anthony’s council will vote July 11 to end its policing contract with Falcon Heights. Falcon Heights is talking with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.

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A jury this month acquitted St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez for shooting Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July. St. Anthony says it intends to dismiss Yanez.