The Castile Doctrine: Cops without consequences

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"On June 16, a jury acquitted St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges in the 2016 killing of motorist Philando Castile. That acquittal was, in a sense, also a death sentence — not for Yanez, but for future motorists unfortunate enough to encounter cops like him." (06/22/17)

  • dL

    Of course, the libertarian position is that no one should have that type of life and death authority over another human being as a matter of course. I understand the "intended audience"(the piece is not intended for a libertarian audience) rationale, but I obviously would dispute the premise that the root of the problem is a failure in the pre-employment screening process.

    • The root of the problem is not a failure in the pre-screening process. The root of the problem is political government.

      But I wasn't trying to get to the root of the problem, so I focused on one of its aspects:

      The creation of a special class of people endowed with a combination of 1) enhanced presumed authority and 2) reduced presumed personal responsibility for what they do with that authority.