- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety promotes ‘not-reaching pouches’ to let officers know when drivers are reaching for a license
- They are a response, in part, to the police shooting of Philando Castile.
- Deontay Wright was shot by an officer during a traffic stop as recently as 2021, when an officer believed to be reaching for a Taser
- When Wright Was Shot He Wasn’t Reaching For Anything
- Social media users have criticized the pouch as a ‘don’t murder-me’ pouch
- However, the initiative is supported by Castile’s mother, Valerie.
Critics on social media have criticized a new plan by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to try to keep drivers safe during traffic stops.
The department has offered drivers ‘not-reaching pouches’ as a safety measure that allows drivers to keep their licenses and insurance in clear so that a police officer doesn’t feel like they’re going to grab a weapon. trying.
The pouch is a response to the police shooting of Philando Castile by a suburban Minneapolis police in 2016. Castile was driving with his girlfriend and 4-year-old daughter when he was stopped.
However, some people on social media think that the pouches are attached as blaming the victim, calling them ‘don’t-murder-me pouches’ or ‘please-don’t-execute-me pouches’.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety offers drivers a ‘not-reaching pouch’ that allows drivers to keep their license and insurance
St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez asks Castile for a driver’s license and proof of insurance, which he provides to the officer through the driver’s side window.
Castile then tells Yanez that he has a firearm in the vehicle along with a permit to carry the weapon.
Yanez pulls his gun out of his holster and tells Castile not to reach him before firing seven shots into the car.
The death of Philando Castile was an inspiration for the pouch. Castile was shot seven times attempting to access his information, not the gun he was legally permitted to possess
The officer’s lawyer said his client thought he was approaching someone who looked like a suspect in an armed robbery.
Yanez was later acquitted of murder and two other charges.
Additionally, another Minnesota man, then 20-year-old Dante Wright, was murdered by Officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop after resisting his arrest and threatening to molest him in April 2021.
Bodycam footage showed one officer trying to handcuff Wright as another officer told him he was being arrested on warrant. In an apparent attempt to escape, Wright immediately jumped back into his car.
Then a conflict broke out between the officers and Wright, who was still sitting inside his car.
‘I Will Tess You! I’ll grope you! Taser! Taser! Taser!’ In her bodycam video, Potter can be heard screaming.
Soon after, Potter can be heard saying: ‘Holy sh*t. I shot him’.
Dante Wright, 20, was killed by Officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop after she resisted arrest and threatened to molest her.
In addition to the former charge of second-degree murder, Potter has now been charged with first-degree murder.
She has claimed that when she fatally shot Wright on April 11, she wanted to use her teaser instead of her handgun.
Firing by officer recently during traffic stop
Although a 2019 study Michigan Law Review Turning out that violence during traffic stops is so rare, there has been a call in recent years to reform how regular stops are polished.
March 2014: A soldier in Opelika, Alabama, shoots at an airman who was involved in an accident on his way to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, causing internal damage while he was holding a wallet
September 2014: LeVar Jones, a former South Carolina state soldier, shot and wounded in 2014 when he tried to get his wallet during a traffic stop for a seatbelt violation.
July 2016: Philando Castile is killed by a suburban Minneapolis police in 2016. Castile was driving with his girlfriend and 4-year-old daughter when he was stopped. The officer thought he was reaching for the gun. He told the officer that he was legally allowed to carry it.
April 2021: 20-year-old Dent Wright of Minnesota is murdered by officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop after protesting his arrest and threatening to molest him
August 2021: Officer Ella French is fatally shot in the head during a routine stop in West Englewood, Illinois
Similar tragedy. happened in South Carolina in 2014, when Sean Gruber shot motorist LeVar Jones after stopping him for not wearing a seat belt in Richland County; as well as in alabama same year, when a policeman shot an unarmed Air Force officer.
Castile’s death prompted “Not Reaching!” Inspired Producer. Pouch, Jackie Carter, to star. Carter is on the nonprofit’s board of directors Alliance for Safe Traffic Stops, which teaches student drivers how to handle traffic stops.
There have been mixed reactions to the pouches on social media, with a Twitter user defaming them as ‘don’t kill me pouches’.
‘Have you not tried shooting people instead?’
Several social media users have criticized the pouches as a way to lay the blame on victims of police shootings.
One important figure on Pouch’s side is revealed, however: Philando’s mother, Valerie Castile.
Castile partnered with Carter to bring the pouches to Minnesota.
Carter thinks the reaction on social media has gone too far.
“It shows me that there is still this division,” Carter said. ‘No one is watching the middle ground. We are against them. And it has to end.’
However, an important figure appears on Pouch’s side: Philando’s mother, Valerie Castile.
Valerie Castile thought it was a ‘great idea’ and says she and her daughter both use the pouches and give them to the parents.
‘Oh my god, it’s a plastic cardholder, for god’s sake. Why are you upset and angry over a piece of plastic?’ Castile said. ‘Some people don’t have to worry about that in the morning when their kids are gone. They are not worried and frustrated that their child may not come home because of what is happening in the world. But the fact that my son was murdered probably wouldn’t have been an impassable pouch.’
Castile says she still supports “big” policy changes, such as that of nearby Minnesota County, which no longer prosecutes minor traffic violations.
Valerie Castile thought it was a ‘great idea’ and says she and her daughter both use the pouches and give them to the parents