During a news conference on Thursday, Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton said racism appears to have been a factor in the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer. The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed it will monitor the investigation into the shooting.
A police officer opened fire on Philando Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria manager during a routine traffic stop for a malfunctioned taillight on Wednesday evening in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds streamed a live video of the aftermath of the incident on Facebook. Ms. Reynolds said Castile was shot five times as he sat at the steering wheel reaching into his back pocket for his ID.
The identity of the police officer who fired the fatal shots in the encounter with Castile has not been released. Law enforcement officials in Minnesota confirmed that the officer involved has been placed on leave while the shooting incident is investigated.
President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a speech on Thursday night addressing the shooting deaths of Castile and another black man in Louisiana earlier this week. In a statement released by the White House earlier on Thursday, President Obama said that “all Americans should be deeply troubled” by the shootings.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."