The Latest: Hundreds gather at school after Castile funeral

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Posted: Jul 14, 2016 6:27 PM
The Latest: Hundreds gather at school after Castile funeral

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the recent police-involved shootings around the United States (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Hundreds of people have gathered for a community meal at the St. Paul school where a black Minnesota man worked before he was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop.

Philando Castile was shot July 6 in suburban St. Paul. His girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook.

His mother, Valerie Castile, spoke to the crowd at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School on Thursday following her son's funeral at the Cathedral of St. Paul. She told them: "Any one of us could be Philando. ... For my son to die the way he did, it's unspeakable."

His uncle, Clarence Castile, said St. Paul schools, the Castile family and donations from the Teamsters union made the meal possible.

Gov. Mark Dayton came and thanked citizens for being there.

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4:45 p.m.

A St. Louis man charged with seven felonies is accused in court records of pointing a gun at officers and telling them, "You all have been killing too many of us."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/29M7CTa ) reports that 29-year-old Wayne Samuels is jailed on $100,000 bond. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Police said issues arose when two officers approached Samuels on Friday because he was sitting in a car that resembled one taken in a carjacking. Authorities later determined that the car wasn't the one being sought.

Court documents say he struggled with one of officers during a pat-down. He also is accused of pointing a gun at the officers and trying to take a passing motorist's vehicle.

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4 p.m.

A police chief whose department helped in the aftermath of the fatal traffic stop shooting of a black man last week in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, says his officers were delivering aid within four minutes.

Roseville police Chief Rick Mathwig on Thursday disputed previous accounts that Philando Castile was not given first aid for 10 minutes or more after being shot.

Mathwig's account matches the timeline laid out in publicly available radio scanner traffic from the incident. Recordings about show four minutes passed between the report of shots fired and Roseville officers administering CPR.

Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez on July 6. His girlfriend streamed the aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook.

Mathwig says his officers did everything they were trained to do.

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3:40 p.m.

An Indianapolis man is accused of firing shots into a police officer's home as his wife and child slept.

Police say March E. Ratney shouted anti-police obscenities early Tuesday and fired several shots into the home and patrol car of an officer. The officer, his wife and child were not injured.

Ratney is charged with criminal recklessness and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said Thursday in announcing the charges against the 27-year-old that authorities "will not tolerate attacks on our public safety partners."

Ratney is being held without bond. He was released from prison on parole last month after serving nearly six years for unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious felon.

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2:35 p.m.

Faith leaders and musicians delivered messages of hope at a funeral for a black Minnesota man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Paul police officer.

Mourners filled the 3,000-seat Cathedral of St. Paul to pay their respects to 32-year-old Philando Castile, whose white casket arrived and left on a horse-drawn carriage. After the service ended, people lined up along the cathedral's long stairs holding "Unite for Philando" signs as Castile's casket passed.

Castile was shot during a July 6 traffic stop. His girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook.

The Rev. Steve Daniels Jr. of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church asked during the funeral why racial profiling still happens. He says he's thankful for police and their service, but that people need to find a way to come together.

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12:30 p.m.

The funeral is underway for a black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, police officer last week.

More than 1,500 mourners have filled the Cathedral of St. Paul to remember 32-year-old Philando Castile, whose white casket arrived on a horse-drawn carriage.

Church officials say texts for the ecumenical service will focus on preserving peace, justice and reconciliation.

Castile was shot several times by a suburban St. Paul officer during a July 6 traffic stop. Castile's girlfriend streamed the shooting's aftermath live on Facebook.

Gov. Mark Dayton, who has suggested that race played a role in Castile's death, is attending.

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1:15 a.m.

A black Minnesota man who was fatally shot by a police officer last week will be remembered at an ecumenical service at a stately Catholic cathedral.

The funeral for 32-year-old Philando Castile will be held Thursday at the century-old Cathedral of St. Paul. The cathedral's rector, the Rev. John Ubel, will lead the prayers while Pastor Steve Daniels Sr. of nearby Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church will deliver a eulogy.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, requested the cathedral hold her son's funeral.

Church officials say texts for the liturgy will focus on preserving peace, justice and reconciliation.

Philando Castile was shot several times by a suburban St. Paul officer during a traffic stop July 6. Castile's girlfriend streamed the shooting's aftermath live on Facebook.

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1:05 a.m.

More police departments are getting robots like the one Dallas police used to blow up a suspect last week and officials say they're willing to use them to kill, if necessary.

The Dallas Police Department's first-in-the-nation use of the robot to deliver and detonate a bomb has triggered buzz about the use of machines designed for surveillance and disarming bombs.

Law enforcement officials elsewhere have credited the Dallas department's decision to not expose any other officers to harm from a man who had already killed five of their own.

Sid Heal, of the California Association of Tactical Officers, says nobody wanted to be the first to use a robot to kill, but the door is open now that it's been proven effective.

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1 a.m.

The final moments of Philando Castile's life revolved around a gun he was licensed to carry and instructed to tell authorities about when stopped.

Castile was killed by a police officer last week during a traffic stop in suburban St. Paul. Castile's girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook and said he was shot while reaching for his ID after telling the officer he had a gun permit and was armed.

Allysza Castile says she and her brother took a gun class together last year. They went to Total Defense in Ramsey, where owner Dan Wellman says they teach students to hand over their permits with their driver's licenses.

The attorney for St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez says Yanez was reacting to the presence of a gun when he fired.