A man was shot and killed by police, the bloody aftermath of which was broadcast live on Facebook in a video where the man’s girlfriend says the “police shot him for no apparent reason, no reason at all.”
Philando Castile, 32, an elementary school cafeteria supervisor who studied at the University of Minnesota, is seen bloodied and in pain with a gunshot wound to the stomach as the video comes on and his girlfriend begins talking to the camera.
“He told him that it was in his wallet, but he had a pistol on him because he’s licensed to carry. The officer said don’t move. As he was putting his hands back up, the officer shot him in the arm four or five times,” she said.
We don’t see what happened prior to the beginning of the video, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was lot of tension followed by contradictory orders by the police and not having a prior plan on how to address and inform of the status.
Here is a good video of Massad Ayoob explaining what you should do in a case like that. Notice the Tom Gresham is carrying his ID in a front pocket of his vest rather than the back pants pocket. I have been doing that ever since I started to carry because cops like to see hands at all times.
At a time like this, your goal is not to get shot. Keep the “Am I being Detained?” BS for Gun Forum discussions. Be polite, comply with the officer and you may even get a break with the ticket. Above all: Have a plan and practice it.