Police unveil new plan after Philando Castile shooting
ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police department has announced new goals to help rebuild community trust following the 2016 death of Philando Castile, a black man who was shot inside his car during a traffic stop streamed live on Facebook.
St. Anthony Police Chief Jon Mangseth announced a plan Thursday following two years of research, community meetings, training and federal assistance, KSTP-TV reported .
The priorities include focusing on transparency, community outreach and data-driven decision making. The department also is creating a citizens academy, and body cameras will be implemented this summer.
“It took all of us and more to go through those difficult times and arrive where we’re at right now,” Mangseth said.
Some people were expecting a bigger turnout at the meeting.
“I’m kind of surprised. I thought it would be a room full of people as well,” resident Bernard Walker said.
Mangseth said his department is committed to making the changes even if the public isn’t watching.
The department was accused of bias and bigotry after Castille was shot after telling an officer he was armed. Castille’s girlfriend was in the passenger seat and livestreamed the bloody aftermath online.
The officer was acquitted of manslaughter and left the department.
Information from: KSTP-TV, http://www.kstp.com