News out of Minneapolis: the police officer who shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop this summer will be charged with second-degree manslaughter and the dangerous discharge of a firearm. The aftermath of the killing of Castile, which occurred on July 6, was seen everywhere in real time because his fiancee livestreamed video from the scene.
The Minnesota prosecutor responsible for charging officer Jeronimo Yanez is John J. Choi. In 2011 Choi became the first Korean-American Chief Prosecutor in America. Choi currently leads a staff of 325, according to his bio on the Ramsey County website. Ramsey County is home to the capital city St. Paul and is the most diverse county in Minnesota. As prosecutor, Choi has focused on fighting sex trafficking and battling domestic violence. His bio says that “throughout his public tenure, John has been innovative in reforming and finding efficiencies in the criminal justice system.” Choi earned his law degree at Mitchell Hamline University School of Law.