St. Paul mayoral candidates, election hopefuls weigh words on Yanez decision – Twin Cities

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If elected mayor of St. Paul, Tom Goldstein said he’ll advocate for changes that could help prevent “injustice” like the “not guilty” verdict reached Friday in the trial of former St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez.

“With ‘use of force’ standards written the way that they are, this verdict was not unexpected,” Goldstein wrote in his campaign blog. “Until those standards are changed, the message to the community will be that officers like Yanez can act with impunity when using deadly force on the job.”

He added later that more St. Paul police officers should reside in the city they serve. “Until they live here and they’re part of our community, these things will not change,” Goldstein told delegates to Saturday’s St. Paul DFL convention at the Washington Technology Magnet School on Rice Street.

Sombered by the jury decision in the Yanez trial and public reaction toward the shooting death of St. Paul Schools worker Philando Castile, St. Paul mayoral candidates and elected officials have weighed in on the verdict with varying intensity.

Some have parsed their words carefully, urging street protesters to show restraint while expressing measured sympathy for their frustrations. Others have advocated openly for police reforms, and called the verdict an unacceptable miscarriage of justice. 



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