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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum: Federal Investigation Needed Into Philando Castile Shooting

July 7, 2016
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), who represents Falcon Heights and Minnesota’s Fourth District in the United States House of Representatives, released the following statement after the shooting death of Philando Castile:

“My deepest sympathies are with Mr. Castile’s family, loved ones, and friends. I have watched the video of this incident circulating online. It is profoundly disturbing.

The circumstances surrounding this tragic event call for an immediate investigation led by the United States Department of Justice. A federal investigation will provide all Minnesotans with a clear understanding of the facts surrounding this incident and ensure accountability appropriate to those facts.

At this time of tragedy, we have already seen an outpouring of citizens protesting this incident. Protesters and police will need to ensure that calm prevails in our community and that the First Amendment rights of all citizens are respected.”