Outrage over Philando Castile's death reaches a new breaking point

Outrage over Philando Castile's death reaches a new breaking point

Outrage over Philando Castile's death reaches a new breaking point

Or was it because Philando Castile was black? "The fear that Officer Yanez had of Philando Castile.is one that is taught to us and one that is prevalent in our communities".

Before Yanez's trial, we witnessed the immediate aftermath of Castile's shooting live-streamed on Facebook. - Reynolds alternates between furious grief and the singular composure she displayed in her own video of the shooting, complete with painstakingly remembering to call her partner's killer "sir". This week, the public saw the dashboard camera footage Yanez's jury saw. We'll show them the video, the evidence, and then they will see it, and justice will be served.' And black people finally get there, and it's like: 'Wait, what?

Much has been made of the introduction of dashcam and bodycam technology. Thanks to cellphones, every black person has a body cam now. The study described use of force as takedown or wrist lock; kicking or punching; striking with a blunt object; using a police dog, restraints or hobbling; or using tear gas, electric shock or killing.

The child begs, "Don't take them off" and later adds, "I wish this town was safer". The video where a law-abiding man followed the officer's instructions to the letter of the law and was killed regardless.

All because a man did exactly what he was supposed to do - calmly inform the police officer he was licensed to carry a firearm, and report that he had one on him. "If he has the, the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the five year old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing then what, what care does he give about me".

This points up a problem with police training focused on worst-case scenarios, and an irrational fear of anyone else being armed.

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The murder of Philando Castile is a tragedy involving many people. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement.

The police officer's actions sent the message that the second amendment doesn't apply to him, and apparently the NRA tacitly agrees If this was a 50-year-old white guy, the NRA would be having a field day, probably filing lawsuits. In a bittersweet change to drug policy, now that the country's opioid crisis is associated with white Americans, greater empathy informs our conversations about drug trafficking and substance abuse.

But it is - and it won't stop until the systemic failures in police departments are addressed.

"The system continues to fail black people", Valerie Castile, Castile's mother said. Faith in our democracy, in our institutions and in each other dies a steady and certain death. Are we all watching the same video?

Last month, Betty Jo Shelby, another white cop, was found not guilty of first-degree manslaughter after gunning down Terence Crutcher in Oklahoma after his auto broke down; Crutcher was unarmed with his hands in the air, but Shelby still thought he was a scary black guy.

Osamudia James is a professor and vice dean at the University of Miami School of Law.

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