It’s been said that Philando Castile had a permit to legally carry a gun, but unless he either reached for it, drew it or was hiding it under his shirt, there is no reason under the sun why his gun should have been laying un-holstered in his lap moments after he was shot, while the officer’s weapon is still pointed at him. But look at the video and it is clearly visible on his lap.
OPINION: While my heart goes out to the Castile family for their grievous loss, by the girlfriend’s own admission in the Facebook Live video that she filmed during the event, it is fairly obvious to any licensed gun-toting individual that this shooting was both 100% preventable AND 100% instigated by Castile’s own actions.
The fact that the officer stated in court that he was “scared to death” is clear evidence that Castile’s actions were the cause of the shooting after the situation quickly spiraled out of the officer’s control. Add to that the fact the the video clearly shows a gun sitting on Castile’s lap and all of a sudden it’s a justified shooting.
Girlfriend said Castile had a permit and he informed the officer he had a firearm; just like he was supposed to do. What he SHOULD NOT have done was have the gun sitting concealed on his lap.
THE GUN SHOULD NEVER HAVE LEFT IT’S HOLSTER, and yet the freeze-frame photo below taken from the video clearly shows the gun sitting right on his lap.
Clearly this is something that all the people calling this a murder are choosing to ignore.
AND THEN, WITHOUT BEING INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY THE OFFICER, girlfriend said Castile moved and allegedly “reached for his wallet” at which point the officer saw the gun, told Castile not to reach for it, he reached for it and the officer then fired 4 shots into Castile IN SELF DEFENSE.
EVERY permit-carrying gun owner must go through classes to obtain their permit, and in EVERY CLASS they are taught the right way and the wrong way to inform a police officer that you are armed and how to proceed after that.
Here’s how it should go down if you are armed and get stopped by the police:
You should already have your driver’s license or ID and your gun permit in hand as the officer approaches your vehicle and preferably have it presented out the window as the officer approaches, gun permit on top facing up so the officer will see it immediately.
If you have not already taken out your ID and gun permit by the time the officer approaches your vehicle, place both hands high on the steering wheel or dashboard if you’re in the passenger seat AND DO NOT MOVE THEM.
Immediately after the officer finishes his greeting and states the reason for the stop, you are required by law to inform the officer that you are armed and have a permit. If you took it out before the officer approached your vehicle but did not present it out the window, with hands still on the wheel, inform the officer that you have your ID and permit in-hand and he will instruct you how to hand them to him. Follow his instructions exactly.
If you did not take them out beforehand, inform the officer that you have a permit or CCW license – while your hands are still on the wheel – that your ID is in your right rear pocket (or wherever), that your gun is on your right hip (or wherever) and then WITHOUT MOVING YOUR HANDS, ask him how HE would like to proceed.
And then do exactly, precisely what he tells you to do. Nothing more and nothing less.
The officer will then probably call for backup and will provide instructions for you to exit the vehicle and you will be temporarily disarmed for both your and the officer’s safety. The officer will unload the weapon and take temporary custody of it. Once he has verified your identity and permit status and confirmed that you are legally permitted to carry a firearm, it will be returned to you and everybody lives.
NEVER, EVER take your hands off the wheel, yell at the officer, call names, do anything to make the officer more nervous or feel threatened, make any sudden moves or reach for ANYTHING without the officer first instructing you to do so. And ending each sentence with “sir” is a professional touch that rarely goes unnoticed.
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