"We see this as a historic decision," Judge Glenda Hatchett said Wednesday, surrounded by Philando Castile's mother, sister and other family members.
Hatchett, who is representing the Castile family, was speaking shortly after it was announced a police officer will face criminal charges in Castile's death.
She started out by noting that this is the first time – to the best of her knowledge – a Minnesota officer has been charged in the fatal shooting of a citizen.
St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez faces a second-degree manslaughter charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.
Hatchett during the news conference acknowledged the lingering question of, why not a higher charge such as first-degree manslaughter or homicide?
"We understand why the officer was charged at the level he was charged," Hatchett said. And that was it.
When asked if Hatchett thought 10 years was long enough, she replied, "certainly I would want it to be far more, but that is what the Minnesota statute is."
Philando Castile's mother – Valerie Castile – said she and her family are also pleased with the charges.
"We want peace. We don't want any protests to get outrageous," she said.
Hatchett went on to say that there is still a long way to go in this case, but she didn't give many details. She did mention there will be a civil suit filed eventually.
"We are hopeful that justice will be served," Hatchett said.
Hatchett added she thinks this is a "landmark decision" in terms of officer-involved shootings, and that this will benefit Minnesota and the rest of the U.S.