Officer charged with manslaughter in Minn. shooting

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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,141 Senior Member
    Whatever the reason, the badge-carrier (I refuse to call him a police officer) is likely to get away with murder if he lets his paranoia take over.
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  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,433 Senior Member
    I'm no alarmist, but this verdict really bothers me. I've had only good interactions with police in my life, even while carrying, so my experience says this would be a highly unlikely scenario for me to find myself in, but still, I don't know who I may encounter on a simple traffic stop.

    Granted, I didn't hear the evidence in the courtroom, but that video was abundantly clear to me.
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  • 6EQUJ5 - WOW!6EQUJ5 - WOW! Banned Posts: 482 Member
    Buford wrote: »
    Concealed carry is legal here it's all about where you live. If you live by a population center forget about it but up on the northern side a permit is available and valid state wide.

    So what's left to legally carry in California? A handful of marbles? Ha! :jester: Seriously though, it sounds like Northern California still has a bit of sense when it comes to the rest of the state - minus Frisco and Sacramento of course.
  • Cheetoh734Cheetoh734 Senior Member Posts: 693 Senior Member
    Late to the party here. I have been considering this a lot since social media has been blowing up about it. I think the jury got it right...I think "justice" here is for that officer to lose his job and never be hired in an LEO capacity at any level again. I think a very large monetary settlement ($5million+) and a public formal apology by the police chief and city/state leadership be issued to the family of the deceased as well as a review of the training policies as it relates to instances like these.

    I do NOT think putting the guy in jail would have been the answer. I would think there would have to be malicious intent, or a chain of behavior, that was corrected by leadership, that this officer willfully ignored in order to merit prison. I don't believe you can ask someone to do the job, a very dangerous job, and then hang them out to dry if it was a mistake, even a fatal one. For me, I'll assume it was a terrible mistake unless they can prove otherwise, which by the jury's decision I don't believe they could.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 4,218 Senior Member
    Cheetoh734 wrote: »
    Late to the party here. I have been considering this a lot since social media has been blowing up about it. I think the jury got it right...I think "justice" here is for that officer to lose his job and never be hired in an LEO capacity at any level again. I think a very large monetary settlement ($5million+) and a public formal apology by the police chief and city/state leadership be issued to the family of the deceased as well as a review of the training policies as it relates to instances like these.

    I do NOT think putting the guy in jail would have been the answer. I would think there would have to be malicious intent, or a chain of behavior, that was corrected by leadership, that this officer willfully ignored in order to merit prison. I don't believe you can ask someone to do the job, a very dangerous job, and then hang them out to dry if it was a mistake, even a fatal one. For me, I'll assume it was a terrible mistake unless they can prove otherwise, which by the jury's decision I don't believe they could.


    Yeah, Graham v. Connor gave the cops “use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with the 20/20 vision of hindsight.”

    This explains why about a dozen cops were tried for murder or manslaughter in the last few years without a conviction.
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  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,433 Senior Member
    Dashcam video has now been released. Listening to Yanez after the shooting provides context, but it still doesn't demonstrate that his actions were appropriate, IMO.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/20/philando-castile-shooting-police-car-dashcam-footage-released.html

    Like I said, I'm no alarmist, but this is really troubling. We can't see in the video what the officer saw that led him to believe that Castille might shoot him, but the general tenor of the interaction does not convey confrontation, or conflict, or hostility. These situations jump off quickly; I get that. But this was too quick for me.

    I can't honestly say what charge I would have voted to convict on; I'd have to read the laws of Minnesota more closely to determine that.

    I definitely agree that he shouldn't be a cop. Beyond that, the video doesn't show malicious intent.
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  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 5,871 Senior Member
    bobbyrlf3 wrote: »
    Dashcam video has now been released. Listening to Yanez after the shooting provides context, but it still doesn't demonstrate that his actions were appropriate, IMO.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/20/philando-castile-shooting-police-car-dashcam-footage-released.html

    Like I said, I'm no alarmist, but this is really troubling. We can't see in the video what the officer saw that led him to believe that Castille might shoot him, but the general tenor of the interaction does not convey confrontation, or conflict, or hostility. These situations jump off quickly; I get that. But this was too quick for me.

    I can't honestly say what charge I would have voted to convict on; I'd have to read the laws of Minnesota more closely to determine that.

    I definitely agree that he shouldn't be a cop. Beyond that, the video doesn't show malicious intent.


    With the luxury of hindsight available to us, I'd have to say I agree. My first impression of this incident was that the officer panicked, seeing the dashcam video reinforces that impression. He was absolutely convinced that Castille was intent on doing him harm. In his mind, the police Chaplin was already at the front door to tell his next of kin.
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  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,663 Senior Member
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 31,721 Senior Member
    Now the NRA is being criticized for not standing up for the guy who including by Martha MaCallum on Fox news who just said they are not being very "Brave" for remaining quite.

    That is absurd because they will be dammed if they do and dammed if they don't.

    It was up to a jury and they made their decision. We may not all agree with it and it kinda sucks the young man got killed when he was being upfront with the cop he had a gun. He should have put his hands on the steering wheel and informed the cop I have a gun and a permit. How do you want me to proceed and show you my permit and drivers license?

    Maybe the cop should have done something like step back and give him commands I dunno. It was a bad situation any way you look at it.

    He could have waited to see what the driver was retrieving with his gun drawn or a 100 other things. I thought they would find him guilty of something...............it was a young black man and in today's racially charged atmosphere.............like Hawken said we weren't there and hindsight is 20/20.
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  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,063 Senior Member
    If he said he had a gun, then reached down with numerous commands to keep his hands visible, all apparently not obeyed, at what point is the officer supposed to act? The gun half way up, first shots? First hit to the chest?

    He already handed over his ID and permit. What else would the deceased have to reach for? He wasn't asked to get out of the car. Why would he reach for his seat belt? And the officer had a suspicion the deceased was a possible armed robbery suspect. The image of the actual robber look strikingly similar to the deceased.

    A jury of his peers made a decision. I'm just playing devil's advocate.
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  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 5,871 Senior Member
    JasonMPD wrote: »
    If he said he had a gun, then reached down with numerous commands to keep his hands visible, all apparently not obeyed, at what point is the officer supposed to act? The gun half way up, first shots? First hit to the chest?

    He already handed over his ID and permit. What else would the deceased have to reach for? He wasn't asked to get out of the car. Why would he reach for his seat belt? And the officer had a suspicion the deceased was a possible armed robbery suspect. The image of the actual robber look strikingly similar to the deceased.

    A jury of his peers made a decision. I'm just playing devil's advocate.

    My understanding is that he handed over the registration and proof of insurance. The license was not yet handed over. His 'reaching' was a result of being to hand over his license.
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  • shootbrownelkshootbrownelk Senior Member Posts: 2,000 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    The officer was acquitted on all charges, might be some riots tonight.
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/16/philando-castile-shooting-officer-yanez-acquitted-manslaughter.html

    When do the burnings and lootings begin? I haven't been following this, but I can just imagine. As well as a huge settlement for his family.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 9,816 Senior Member
    When do the burnings and lootings begin? I haven't been following this, but I can just imagine. As well as a huge settlement for his family.
    The protesters behaved mostly, 16 got arrested for blocking a highway.
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  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,063 Senior Member
    When do the burnings and lootings begin? I haven't been following this, but I can just imagine. As well as a huge settlement for his family.


    The media likes ANTIFA now, not BLM. BLM is all but a dead issue.
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,141 Senior Member
    No matter what the name of the week happens to be, they're all the same bunch of mercenary rabble-rousers, financed by the same people. Occupy Wall Street- - - -BLM- - - - -ANTIFA- - - -might as well admit the truth and call them the George Soros Gang! Until a few dozen of them end up at room temperature with big leaky holes in them, they're going to continue to stir the pot.

    I'm waiting for a few of their victims to unload some 30 round magazines into the crowd that's attacking them with baseball bats, bicycle locks, rocks and bricks. Bringing a Louisville Slugger to a gunfight is going to be pretty ineffective, but the next riot they're told to incite will probably be understaffed.
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