Whatever else can be said about the acquittal of the police officer who slew Philando Castile, the killing and the verdict have further heightened already-high, experience-based fears in America’s black population that they will be stopped and blown away, too, with the justice system operating as it so regularly does—unjustly.
Like Minnesotan Castile, many black men have permits to carry concealed firearms on their person or in their vehicles, depending on the rules of the particular state they live in. Concealed-carry permit-holders are encouraged in many gun-training classes and by numerous law enforcement agencies always to inform an officer who stops them that they are armed so that no surprises lead to incidents like that which left Castile dead in his car with five bullets in his body.
But Castile’s informing Officer Jeronimo Yanez that he had a firearm and license for it seemed to trigger the cop’s worst instincts instead of relaxing him. He blazed away, firing seven times. Two of the bullets missed and could easily have struck the passengers, Castile’s girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter strapped in a car seat in the back seat of car. (Daily Kos)