This Video Is Hard To Watch, But Do It Anyway

Did Philando Castile need to be shot to death in a police stop over a broken taillight in Falcon Heights, MN?

Was he reaching for his wallet to show his concealed carry permit, after informing the officer that he had one?

Did the officer, who seems agitated in the video, realize he’d made a mistake? Or think Castile was reaching for the gun he’d already informed the officer he was carrying?

Did the responding officers, in their frustration, drag their feet in getting medical attention to a man who is clearly bleeding heavily?

Is MN Governor Mark Dayton right to call for a federal investigation of Philando Castile’s death?

Is Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation right in calling the shooting “very troubling, especially to the firearms community, because he was a legally-armed private citizen who may have done nothing more than reach for his ID and permit”?

Do too many laws lead to too many police/citizen encounters, thus increasing the chances for mistakes, accidents or misunderstandings? Are there training issues, given that many of these incidents involve younger officers?

Was Castile’s race an issue?

This video doesn’t answer all our questions. But it should make us ask them.

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