The New North is a St. Paul, grassroots watchdog organization formed to hold police accountable with a specific focus on helping victims of police violence who are afflicted by mental illnesses/disorders/syndromes/disabilities down the path of healing from pain and to recovery from grief.
Our organization is also focused on two forms of crisis response.
1. To arrive on scene when police pull over a driver, film to keep them safe.
2. To arrive on scene at the same time as, not working with, police arrive to a mental health crisis with a team (2 or more) of experts in deescalation with the mentally ill, as well as experience handling those suffering through episodic attacks to prevent law enforcement from making it worse.
People who live with mental illnesses/disorders/disabilities are killed and mistreated by law enforcement at the highest rate. In Minnesota, a disproportionate amount of the people have had their lives stolen by Minnesota law enforcement officials. Enough is enough. It’s time for a New North.
MPR aired a special on Thursday; the one year anniversary of the murder of STP’s own, Philando Castile by Jeronimo Yanez of the St. Anthony Police Department on Larpenteur Avenue in Falcon Heights, MN which featured the New North’s founder, Corydon Nilsson.
We have a copy of the audio for those who missed it. Corydon’s segment is at 13:37.
“It’s the ‘Jim Crow North’ and it hides behind ‘MN Nice’. And that time is over. It’s time for a ‘New North’. And that’s what the vision is. If we (State of MN) really wanna be progressive, we should be progressive and we had an opportunity with Philando’s case and I… I couldn’t be more disappointed in how that case went.”
Khaleel is being discharged from the hospital today!!
Thank you for continuing to pray for him and for sending good vibes, positive energy, and strength his way.
He’s recovering better than anyone could have predicted and is on to the next spot as he continues along the lengthy process of rehabilitation. (We cannot disclose his next location for privacy purposes).
We still have a lot to do seeking #Justice4Khaleel so stay tuned. We’re gonna need to kick up some dust because people like Khaleel and I (this is Corydon) who are afflicted are disproportionately mistreated, as second-class citizens when law enforcement shows up to “help us”.
We need justice as a reaction to the heinous and irresponsible discharging of multiple firearms by Crystal PD, so reckless and over-the-top to the point that it’s criminal. We also need to be proactive when it comes to helping those who can be vulnerable in our society and set up support systems/proactive solutions that prevent law enforcement from arriving to any mental health crises.
I am honored to share some AMAZING news with y’all.
From about a week ago to today, he has not shown no signs of schizophrenia and there is a chance through this HORRIFIC incident that he may not have those symptoms ever again (Not to dampen anyone’s spirit but as someone very knowledgeable in this area, I emphasize the word “chance”). But nonetheless, this is nothing short of miraculous.
Khaleel is now allowing pre-approved visitors, but not everyone because he is still in recovery, so please message us or contact Corydon and we can connect you to the appropriate people. We need to make sure Khaleel is 100% OK with all visitors. No exceptions. I will be heading out to visit him and I know he loves Pure Leaf Extra Sweet Tea (JUST LIKE ME!!) and Chocolate Chip cookies.
Khaleel has recovered as much as possible. He has been smiling, laughing, eating a lot more. He is still fighting but things are looking up. He it talking and jokes around. He can play his guitar. He can sing. He CAN DO HAND STANDS. He’s even gone outside to eat. He has memory loss and doesn’t really remember what happened or much before that. But he is aware of his situation.
Currently, his mental health is stable. Obviously, he still needs to be monitored and will ALWAYS have brain damage. But the most important thing is that he is alive and well.
Thank you to EVERYONE who sent good vibes/positive energy, prayed, etc… Thank you. His recovery is truly extraordinary. We love you, Khaleel. And we send our love to his family and friends too. Aviance, we love you. Naomi, we love you. Tommy, Bella, Justin, we love y’all too!
We have been asked about donating to our work. We do not currently have that set up yet, as we await certain registration processes. If you would like to contribute, you are more than welcome and anything is always appreciated. We are 100% volunteers so fighting for justice actually isn’t free for us. But some things, just have to be done.
We send all our love, strength, and support to Momma Valerie, Uncle Clarence, our sister Allyzsa and the rest of the Castile family during this period of immense injustice.
Once again, the “justice” system has failed the Black community. There isn’t even a drop of justice in this verdict. Yanez murdered Philando and walks away a free man. He recklessly put the lives of Diamond and Dae-Anna at risk by firing rounds in their direction, one bullet headed towards Diamond was stopped by the center counsel and another bullet was just 16″ from Dae-Anna in the backseat.
For the jury to find Jeronimo Yanez “Not Guilty” on all counts is pure bullshit.
For folks looking to gather together, a collection of groups have organized a gathering at the Capitol at 7. If you plan to attend, please be safe. Thanks.
As the jury deliberates the charges in the #YanezTrial, we wait.
I want y’all to know a few things that haven’t really been publicized.
One of the jurors that made it to jury selection was related to Officer Yanez. How she made it that far into the process is super sus… Another juror works in the SAME building as Yanez’s wife Lyndsay. But they claim they do not know each other. And then ANOTHER juror lied on her Voir Dire (the pre-trial jury questionnaire to check for neutrality and to vet jurors for bias) after we discovered very pro-police posts, anti-BLM and anti-Kaepernick posts on her social media accounts. Her excuse was that she had no recollection of making those posts… (Watch ytness work…*pukes*).
We must continue to pray that the jurors do the right thing and send all the positive energy and strength to the Castile family during this stressful time.
I have been informed that Khaleel’s sister has suffered a medical emergency and is at the hospital.
Please pray, send good vibes/positive energy, etc…. for her, for Khaleel, and for their mother who is dealing with more than anyone should have to.
Naomi, we got your back. Aviance, we love you. Khaleel, we continue to pray for your recovery.