Minnesota governor proposes naming police fund after Philando Castile

Gov. Mark Dayton and the family of Philando Castile held a press conference Thursday calling for extra police training

Gov. Mark Dayton and the family of Philando Castile held a press conference Thursday calling for extra police training

The Minnesota judge who oversaw the trial against the police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile sent a somewhat consoling letter to the jurors who collectively chose to acquit the agent, according to an ABC News report published Wednesday. That move followed both Castile's death and the 2015 shooting of Jamar Clark, who was also black, by two white Minneapolis police officers.

The shooting drew national attention after Castile's girlfriend, who was in the vehicle, live-streamed the bloody aftermath on social media.

Joined by family of Philando Castile, Governor Dayton recommends new law enforcement training fund be named in memory of Philando Castile.

The judge who presided over the case against the police officer who shot Philando Castile has written a letter of support to the jurors who acquitted him, saying there was "a failure to understand what you were asked to do" by the public and media outlets.

"I believe it is imperative that the leaders in our state's ever-more-diverse communities and in their law enforcement organizations commit - or recommit - themselves to making changes that will lead toward better relationships among law enforcement officers and members of [diverse] communities", he said.

Dayton addressed the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, who will oversee the fund. These new investments, totaling $12 million, passed with bipartisan support during this year's legislative session.

The naming of the fund still needs to be approved by the POST Board. Clarence was a previous member and auditor of the executive board of the Laborers Union #132, as well as an employee in several department with the City of St. Paul.

"I wasn't reaching", Castile reportedly uttered after being shot, as Yanez shouted "fuck" multiple times. Diamond Reynolds, Castile's girlfriend, who was a passenger in the vehicle along with her 4-year-old daughter, started streaming the scene after the final shot. Gov. Mark Dayton requested Thursday the $12 million fund carry the name of Philando Castile.

A memorial service and a candlelight vigil are planned for Thursday night to honor the life of Philando Castile one year after he was killed. Philando Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, is planning on establishing a more permanent memorial there in the future.

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