Updated: July 06, 2020 01:32 PM
Created: July 06, 2020 11:15 AM
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(ABC 6 News) - The Minnesota Driver’s Manual has been updated to include information on what drivers and law enforcement should expect during a traffic stop, particularly when a driver has a firearm.
Valerie Castile advocated for the addition to the manual to encourage consistency in traffic stops by law enforcement and ensure that drivers know what to expect. Castile’s son, Philando, died four years ago on July 6 after a Falcon Heights police officer shot him during a traffic stop. Philando Castile informed the officer that he was legally carrying a firearm.
Castile’s recommendation was one of 28 announced by the working group on police-involved deadly force encounters chaired by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Commissioner John Harrington and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. The working group included representatives from community, advocacy, academic, foundation, mental health, law enforcement and criminal justice system organizations. The group’s executive summary is available on the DPS website.
The Minnesota Driver’s Manual already includes guidance for motorists stopped by law enforcement. The new language outlines in further detail what drivers with firearms should and should not do during a traffic stop. It also describes what motorists can expect from law enforcement.
The new information in the Minnesota Driver’s Manual advises motorists with firearms to:
Drivers should not:
The new language also outlines what drivers can expect from law enforcement during a traffic stop. While every traffic stop varies based on the circumstances, drivers can generally expect the officer to:
Other advice for drivers during a traffic stop includes:
View the new language starting on page 40 of the Minnesota Driver’s Manual.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota public safety officials are updating the state's driver's manual to give motorists who are legally carrying guns some guidance on what to do if stopped by police.
The change is being announced Monday - four years after Philando Castile was fatally shot after telling an officer he had a gun.
Authorities learned after the shooting that Castile had a permit to carry the firearm legally.
The change was sought by Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, and is one of 28 recommendations made by a working group that on deadly encounters with police.
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