On the one year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has set aside $12 million in the “Philando Castile law enforcement training fund.”
“We all need to live together peacefully, harmoniously and constructively. It’s my hope this training will really be focused on that occurrence, and making that a reality,” the Democrat governor said while members of Castile’s family stood by his side.
Dayton described Castile’s shooting by St. Anthony’s police officer Jeronimo Yanez as “one of the most traumatic” events that has occurred during his tenure as governor.
After Janez was acquitted on charges of second degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm, police released dash cam footage of the incident, which reveals a seemingly normal traffic stop escalate into violence. Castile was shot with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and four-year-old daughter present in the car.
“We need this extra training for our police officers,” Valerie Castile said. “Because at the end of the day everyone wants to go home.”
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