Vote Set for Dayton's Request that Officer Training Fund be Named for Castile

Gov. Mark Dayton requests an officer training fund in the name of Philando Castile Thursday at the Capitol Photo: KSTP/ Jim O'Connell, File
Gov. Mark Dayton requests an officer training fund in the name of Philando Castile Thursday at the Capitol

July 27, 2017 07:40 AM

Thursday, a controversial vote is set for Governor Mark Dayton's request to name a $12 million law enforcement training fund after Philando Castile.

Castile was shot and killed by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop last July. That officer was found not guilty.


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Some officers have said they felt like the Governor's decision was a slap in the face, because former officer Jeronimo Yanez was ultimately found not guilty.

Dayton, however, said the fatal shooting is what led the legislature to even set aside the money for training in the first place.

"An incident like this shows all of us that we have a lot more work ahead of us; a lot more we need to do working together to improve our qualities of relationships with one another," Dayton said.

This $12 million fund aims to train police officers who work in diverse communities.

Earlier in July, on the anniversary of Philando Castile's death, Dayton recommended the fund be named in his honor.

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But that recommendation irked some officers. Jared Landkamer, the president of the Cottage Grove Police Federation, says he and his fellow officers felt like the name was completely inappropriate, given the verdict of the trial.

"It's kind of disrespectful in that Governor Dayton is using this as a political platform to immortalize somebody that was, at the end of the day, breaking the law," Kandkamer said.

The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training will ultimately have the final say at Thursday's meeting, which begins at 10 a.m.

The board consists of 15 members, primarily made up of officers and sheriffs; however, there are also a couple members of the public.

In fact, Dayton appointed Castile's uncle, Clarence Castile, to the board earlier in July.


Tyler Berg

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