Glenda Hatchett, star of the former court show Judge Hatchett and founder of a national law firm, announced on Tuesday that she will represent the family of Philando Castile, who was shot by a police officer Minnesota last Wednesday.
The shooting of 32-year-old Castile by officer Jeronimo Yanez, as well as the police shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has sparked anti-brutality and Black Lives Matter protests across America. At one of those demonstrations, in Dallas last Thursday, five police officers were killed by a sniper.
Hatchett told reporters at the Minnesota State Capitol on Tuesday that she and her firm would be representing Castile’s family in all civil legal matters related to Philando’s death, and “aggressively pursue justice.”
Describing her meeting with Philando’s mother, Valerie Castile, Hatchett told CNN, “My heart is broken yet again. And when I arrived in Minnesota and went to see Miss Castile, my first reaction to her was not as ‘I’m here as Judge Hatchett. I am here as another mother. A mother with two young men, black sons.'”
“It is not just this family’s loss, it is a loss for all humanity that Philando Castile was gunned down in the way he was gunned down,” Hatchett told the press assembled at the Capitol, stressing that the entire nation needed to “move to a higher ground.”
“Our hashtag for this is going to be #ThisTimeMustBeTheLastTime,” Hatchett said.
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It was an honor to represent the Castile family, she added. “We are going to make sure that working class people have a legal dream team.
“I will not rest until justice is done.”