Mr. Castile’s death was a result of egregiously poor police training. Castile had a legal concealed carry permit and he did exactly what the law requires. The police officer, however, was not prepared to deal with the situation well.
That said, was it racism? I can’t tell from the dash-camera video. I’m not sure how BLM came to that conclusion. It was incredibly bad police work, a confusing situation, and more stress than most of you armchair critics will ever know.
But that’s what we pay police officers to do.
Whether a murder charge was appropriate here instead of manslaughter is an issue to take up with the prosecuting attorney. The Freddie Gray case in Baltimore was a similar situation.
I wish BLM would please morph in to something more productive and useful. I have not seen any situation or place that they have touched that was improved because they were there.