Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis police union, tried to justify the board’s decision by pointing out even police killed in the line of duty have never been honored by renaming a state police fund after them.
“We need to leave politics out of policing,” Kroll said, according to the Star Tribune.
That didn’t satisfy local Black Lives Matter activist Chantyll Allen, who said the decision was further evidence that police aren’t interested in doing right by the community when they are guilty of wrongdoing.
“[Castile’s mother] Valerie deserves to have her son’s name on part of the changes that will happen in the future if that is what will heal her,” Allen said. “This is just white supremacy showing up the way we expect it to.”
Mic reached out to Kroll and the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis and will update the story if we hear back.
Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter charges in June for killing Philando Castile and received a $48,500 severance payout after a dissolution agreement with his former employer.