July 14, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
St Paul, Minn – “Philando Castile was a Teamster brother,” Teamsters Local 320 posted on its Web site July 7, the day after the 32-year-old school lunchroom supervisor was fatally shot by a police officer in the suburb of Falcon Heights, in front of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter.
“I have known Philando ‘Phil’ Castile since he joined the Teamsters back in 2002 and he was an amazing person who did his job at St. Paul Public Schools because he loved the children he served,” Local 320 President Sami Gabriel said in a statement. “He will be deeply missed by his colleagues and his community.” The union, which represents some law-enforcement workers, also posted an image of a Dallas police badge with a black strip over it, to mourn the five police officers shot to death by a sniper at a Black Lives Matter protest there July 7. “Minnesota’s labor movement grieves for the loss of yet another young African-American man,” state AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy said in a statement. “Whether the bias is intentional or not, too many African-American men find themselves on the receiving end of deadly force. There are no quick and easy solutions.” Read more