2018 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd prize

Not My Verdict


Richard Tsong-Taatarii

Star Tribune

18 June, 2017

John Thompson is embraced in St Anthony Village, Minnesota, USA, after speaking out at a memorial rally for his close friend Philando Castile, two days after police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges in the shooting of Castile.

In July 2016, Officer Yanez had pulled over Castile’s car in Falcon Heights Minnesota as it had a broken brake light. Castile, an African American man, handed over proof of insurance when asked, and informed the officer that he had a gun in the car. Police dashboard camera footage reveals that Yanez shouted, “Don’t pull it out,” and fired seven shots into the vehicle, fatally wounding Castile. Yanez was found not guilty of second degree manslaughter on 16 June 2017. Thompson was a high-profile presence at rallies following his friend’s death.

About the photographer

Richard Tsong-Taatarii

He also enjoys covering communities within our larger society that escape the attention of the mainstream media.  He has an MA in visual communication from Ohio University and B...

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