From: ABC 6 News
In light of the Philando Castile shooting dash cam video being made public, ABC 6 News checked with local law enforcement on protocol during traffic stops.
On Tuesday the video from July 6th last year was released showing when Officer Jeronimo Yanez killed Castile in Minnesota.
“Minnesota requires a permit to carry openly or conceal. It’s called a permit to carry,” said Chris Nauman, with Civil Response Firearms Training. “Minnesota is not a duty to inform state. You don’t have to let the officer know unless you’re asked but if you’re asked, then by law you do have to let them know you’re carrying,” added Nauman.
However, law enforcement says the best thing to do is to have your permit to carry and license on hand. And make sure you keep your hands visible.
“Most of our officers will say okay where is it? Keep it there, I’m gonna have you step out. I’m gonna take it from you. They may do that or they may say if it’s in another part of the car don’t reach in there, just give me your license, where’s your proof of insurance. Well if that’s in the glove box, then we’ll say okay. Each officer is different,” said Capt. Behrns.
Capt. Behrns says they don’t have a set protocol because law enforcement can’t set one up for every circumstance that comes up.
“As much as we try to maintain our control and emotions sometimes it does happen where it gets the best of us. If you take…number one our deputies are people are off the street just like you and I and just like anybody. We put them through to schooling; they go through training to try to get used to how to control those emotions,” added Capt. Behrns.
Law enforcement says that’s why it’s best to do exactly what you’re asked whether you have a permit or not.
“Don’t reach for it. Don’t make any sudden movements. You know if you have to go to your wallet let them know, you know I’m carrying over here, I have to reach for my wallet right here. You know just let very slow. Just let them handle it,” said Nauman.
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