Students in St. Paul, and soon to be most of Minnesota will receive free lunch thanks to the memory of a Black man slain in America. A memorial fund set up in honor of Philando Castile has raised enough money to pay off lunch debts at schools across St. Paul, Minnesota for one year.
If you recall, Castile was fatally shot by police officer Jeronimo Yanez in 2016 after he told the officer that he was carrying a firearm after being pulled over. According to a police dashcam video/audio, after being asked for his license and registration, Castile told the officer he had a firearm, to which the officer replied ‘Don’t reach for it then’. After saying ‘Don’t pull it out’ twice , the officer shot at Castile seven times while his girlfriend and four year old daughter was in the back seat. The killing ignited national discussion after videos of the shooting and its aftermath went viral. Yanez was acquitted on all charges against Castile.
Philando Feeds the Children, an online crowdfunding venture started by Metropolitan State University psychology professor Pam Fergus, had raised more than $90,000 on Tuesday afternoon — $85,000 more than the original goal of $5,000. Because of the momentum of the campaign, organizers have increased their goal to $100,000 in order to maximize their lunch debt relief efforts for students across Minnesota.