Castile shooting: BCA gives investigation to county attorney to consider charges

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The investigation into the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile has been handed over to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, but there's no timetable for when a decision on potential charges could be announced.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), which was the lead agency investigating Castile's July 6 death, said Wednesday it has turned over its findings to the county attorney for review.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi hasn't decided whether his office or a grand jury will weigh possible charges against St. Anthony Police officer Jeronimo Yanez in connection to the fatal shooting.

Choi said Wednesday he cannot provide an estimated timeline for how long it will take his office to make a decision until they review the entire investigative file and meet with national use-of-force consultants.

"Our engagement of such expert consultants will begin as early as tomorrow. By way of reference only, in the case of the officer-involved shooting incident of Jamar Clark in Hennepin County, the prosecution review took a total of seven weeks," he said in a statement.

Choi stressed that his office will work as "efficiently as possible, while ensuring we conduct a diligent and thorough prosecution review of the BCA investigation, in order to determine what justice requires in this case."

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