The officer was acquitted and now dash cam video has been released which shows the girlfriend's narrative was false. Castile handed his license and insurance card to the officer before saying he had a gun and reaching out of sight.
I don't think Castile had any ill intentions but he did fail to stop moving when told. I learned in CCW class to make the officer aware that I have a gun, DO NOT MOVE, and ask the officer what he wants me to do. Then I will slowly and deliberately follow his instructions because I don't want to be an accident.
The video is in this NPR story and may be hard for some to watch.
Authorities Release Dashcam Video From Shooting Of Philando Castile : The Two-Way : NPR
A little over a week ago I heard a drive by shooting across the street from my hospital. I looked out a window in time to see the vehicle drive away. Later, when police were on the scene I went over to give them a description of the vehicle since those sleeping at 3 am in the house likely didn't see it.
When I was about 50 feet away the officers saw me and went on alert. I stopped and stood still as one officer approached me with one hand held up in front and the other on her holstered service weapon. I was dressed in green scrubs
and carrying a water bottle but they didn't expect anyone to approach them at 3:30 am.
Once I identified myself and my purpose they relaxed and I gave one officer my statement. I stopped when told because I know it is in my own best interest to not scare the officers. They meet unexpected threats doing their job and ultimately they want everyone to go home. If that's not possible then at a minimum they want to go home at end of shift. This video of training shows just how quickly an officer can die.
Civil Rights Activist Experiences Shoot or Don't Shoot Scenarios - YouTube
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