Minnesota's Governor Actually Seems Mad As Hell About Philando Castile's Death. | Gradient

Minnesota’s governor actually seems mad as hell about Philando Castile’s death.


In times of police brutality, politicians tend to couch their rhetoric against all eventualities, speaking to the noble infallibility of the justice system while allowing that they would be shocked and horrified if something unjust had happened. It’s frankly exhausting, which is why it was so surprising to hear Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton speak candidly and honestly about the death of Philando Castile at the hands of police officers in his state.

“Would this have happened…if those passengers were white? I don’t think so,” he told reporters. “All of us in Minnesota are forced to confront that this kind of racism exists.”

Castile was shot and killed by a police officer at about 9 PM on Wednesday in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. According to Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, who immediately started filming the incident after her boyfriend was shot, Castile had been reaching for his identification and explaining to the officer that he was a licensed gun owner when the officer frantically opened fire. The two had been pulled over for driving with a broken taillight.

“No one should be shot and killed during a traffic stop for a taillight,” Governor Dayton said. “The stark treatment I find absolutely appalling at all levels.”

The Governor also expressed outrage that Castille was not administered first aid after he was shot (the officers handcuffed Reynolds instead, and put her and her four-year-old daughter in the backseat of a police car). “It is a terrible tragedy,” he said. “My sense of outrage is very real.”

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