Dayton Expresses Support for Police after Backlash

July 17, 2017 12:27 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton is stressing his support for police officers after facing backlash for his handling of the death of a black man shot and killed by an officer last year.

Thursday was the first anniversary of the death of 32-year-old Philando Castile. Castile, who was black, was shot and killed by Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop last July. Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter last month.


What are your thoughts about the proposal to name the police training fund after Philando Castile?

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RELATED: Police Federations Upset with Dayton Following Recommendation to Name Training Fund After Castile

Dayton gathered with Castile's family members and pushed to name a new police training fund in his memory. Prominent police unions called that suggestion an insult.

RELATED: Gov. Dayton Asks Officer Training Fund be Named for Castile

Dayton expressed his confidence in officers after meeting with law enforcement organizations on Friday. Dayton says it's difficult to toe the line between supporting the black community and their calls for police reform and supporting law enforcement.

Who is on the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board?

Gov. Mark Dayton announced new appointments to the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training Thursday. The board is responsible for licensing active and part-time peace officers in the state and has the legislative authority to establish policies and standards for law enforcement members.

The board has 15 members in all. Clarence Castile, whose nephew Philando Castile was fatally shot by a St. Anthony police officer one year ago, will replace Nancy Johnson as a public member on the board. Lindstrom City Council member Kevin Stenson will fill the vacant elected official spot.

That means the new board should be as follows:

Chair: Timothy Bildsoe, public member

Medaria Arradondo, peace officer (Minneapolis)

Dave Bentrud, chief of police (Waite Park)

Andrew Evans (Ex-Offcio), Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

Clarence Castile, public member

Joel Olejnicak, higher education

Joel Powell, higher education

Paul Schnell, recently retired Maplewood director of public safety/police chief

Rebecca Swanson, higher education

David Titus, peace officer (St. Paul)

Kent Wilkening, sheriff (Nobles County)

Troy Wolbersen, sheriff (Douglas County)

Jim Yang, peace officer (St. Paul)



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