After the death of Philando Castile at the hands of police officers in Minnesota, there has been a lot of shock and a lot of outrage. After all, in the streaming video she used to document the shooting, his girlfriend was heard explaining that he had told the cop who killed him that he had a license to carry the gun in his pocket.
Plenty of people, our own John Ziegler included, voiced their questions about the supposed permit. Ziegler wrote, “There was a gun in the car, but we are told by the woman that Castile explained that he had a permit to carry such a weapon (though there has been no clear confirmation that such a permit existed).”
Well, here you go, everyone! Here is the clear confirmation that such a permit existed:
— Adrienne Broaddus (@abroaddus) July 13, 2016
Straight from the Hennepin County sheriff, there is the confirmation that Castile had a permit for his weapon.
Now that one question is answered, maybe we can all focus on questioning why the cop, Jeronimo Yanez, shot a man with a permitted weapon in his pocket and a four-year-old in his back seat through a window while the man was still buckled in.
UPDATE — 6:57 p.m.:
Our own John Ziegler has responded thusly:
I’m very glad to see that a small part of the original narrative has actually been verified. For the record, I never said it didn’t exist, only that it wasn’t clearly confirmed, which was true. Interestingly, since Diamond Reynolds has changed her story and now claims that the officer never knew anything about the gun, I’m not sure what the relevance of the permit currently is.
In this interview with Katie Couric, Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, refuted Yanez’s lawyer’s claim that he shot because of the gun. Reynolds told Couric that while Castile told the officer he had the gun and was permitted to carry it, it was “absolutely” never visible at any time. That same day, she indicated that Yanez did not know the gun was “on his person.” As emotions swirl around this issue, reports will continue to conflict and it remains to be seen what exactly happened, so it’s great that the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.
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