There is no evidence this particular cop, Jeronimo Yanez, was inherently racist, but did the officer over-react with a black suspect? If you are a cop stopping a potential robbery suspect (in your mind) and that person has a gun on his lap (this is speculation, for purposes of debate)–that is a very potentially dangerous situation. The wrong move in that situation could get anyone shot. Even if a mistake, that is tragic but it is not necessarily criminal (on the part of the cop).
Was Castile not following directions, which led to this shooting (a tragic mistake)? Did Castile actually threaten the officer (justifying the shooting)? This is still playing out.
But we are dealing with increasing lack of trust between the police and black Americans (and that is nothing new). Truth is while black cop shootings are higher percentage wise than white Americans, blacks are also involved in far more crime statistically than white Americans. When you consider felony arrests and stops and shootings, blacks are not shot more than other ethnic groups. The whole premise of #BlackLivesMatter is based on a media perception lie.Powerline: Are Blacks Disproportionally Involved In More Police Shootings? and Who Speaks for America?
The New York Times tries to spin that while shootings are not higher, use of force in encounters is higher when black suspects are involved. The NYTs statistics are not overwhelmingly higher and this again depends (a lot) on context. If you also have an increasingly angry black population, that is going to tend to drive these numbers up higher.
Which is why community policing makes a lot of sense in minority communities. You want better understanding between citizens and the police. Sadly, Dallas’s police force was a model of community policing (which does not help when you have an angry hateful killer).
Lem’s Levity: Chris Rock: How to avoid getting your ass beat by the police (good advice)
VodkaPundit: What happened to Philando Castile?
Instapundit: Democrats blame Republicans, but who runs America’s cities?, I was told 8 years ago there would be racial harmony and affordable health care, The Myth of #BlackLivesMatter, The fish rots from the head down, Worst President, Obama fanning anti police hate, false racism claims put cop lives in danger, one cop’s experience in Dallas, Detroit girl uses birthday money to buy lunch for cops (more of this please), cop that shot Philando Castile was a latino named Jeronimo Yanez, media fans the flames of hatred
Legal Insurrection: Murdered Dallas Cops and Maybe OJ can find out the motive of the Dallas shooter