Philando Castile Murder Dashcam Video Released
The Footage Comes Just After the Officer was Acquitted of All Charges
6/22/17, 9:44 pm EDT
By John Corry, photo from NPR
In the wake of the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez for the second-degree manslaughter of Minnesota man Philando Castile, the dashcam video of the incident has been released to the public.
It is not fun to watch, and it raises questions on how to deal with these types of situations: Castile probably shouldn't have 'reached for his license' (although we don't actually see that part of it), and Yanez probably shouldn't have shot the guy five times within five seconds with the dude's fucking wife and toddler daughter in the fucking car (though he admittedly does sound freaked the fuck out), to name to two most obvious.
There have been heartfelt reactions to the video, as there should be; this is a shitty fucking thing to have to hear about, let alone hear about from many different sources, and in many different ways in regards to many different events with similar circumstances over the past several decades. When will it end? How will it end? Will it have anything to do with people on the ‘right’ admitting that people on the ‘left’ may have a point? Or with people on the ‘left’ articulating their point so that people on the ‘right’ understand what their point even is, let alone can sympathize with it?
A lot of things go into the concept of 'history'–more into how society deals with how history has affected the present–and how the present will turn into history in the future. What will history say about the people who did nothing but cry over logistics after watching a video like this? And what will history say about the people who think that disrupting other people's speeches (ideas) has a more positive impact on the future than holding speeches (having ideas, and not just ideas in reaction to ideas) of their own?
The tragedy of Philando Castile is that is it so simple, yet made out to be so complicated. We all just want to grow up and be happy, have nice lives and raise our kids. Not everyone gets to go through with that, and there are a multitude of reasons why that may be the case, but the death of Philando Castile–justified or not–provehas become a politicized representation (as all these events are) for blind emotion on the part of politicians and ‘intellectuals’ (and I include conservatives here) who need to prove that they feel something people relate to in order to keep their jobs–
And whose fault is that? #SomeoneIsAlwaysAtFault
There is clearly a fucking problem when it comes to the relationship between cops and African Americans, and it's a complicated one, with many opposing experiences and contradictive facts to sift through until we find the true meaning behind people's actions, and thoughts (history?); so stop getting so damned offended (again, I'm including conservatives here, very much so) and figure out what the fuck the problem really is, and how different people relate to it, and why.
As complicated a process that may take, at least it's better than just freaking the fuck out at people and claiming the moral high ground due simply to 'experience' or 'statistics' (and I don't care what your 'identity' is (woman, trans, black, white, cop, libertarian, pixie, republican), everyone has the potential to do this).
Unless 'we' knew him, it's like 'we' don't even care.