At Issue: July 9 - Controversy Surrounds Dayton Recommendation for Police Training Fund Name

At Issue: July 9 - Controversy Surrounds Dayton Recommendation for Police Training Fund Name Photo: KSTP

July 09, 2017 06:25 PM

Dayton Recommends Naming Police Training Fund After Philando Castile; Law Enforcement Opposes Move

This week, Gov. Mark Dayton recommended a new $12 million police training fund be named in honor of Philando Castile, the man shot and killed during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights in July 2016. The money, designated by the Legislature, will provide law enforcement with more money for training designed to improve relations between their officers and communities of color. The move had strong backing from Castile's family, who joined Dayton on Thursday when he made the announcement.

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On the other hand, the move did not have strong support from law enforcement, many of whom felt Dayton did not respect the difficult job officers must do each day while protecting their communities. The officer who shot Castile was acquitted by a jury in June of manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges. Friday, Dayton said he had the utmost respect for law enforcement and regretted that his words and actions were being interpreted as the opposite.

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