Dissing the police with naming of training fund

Gov. Mark Dayton no doubt meant well last week when he suggested a new state law enforcement training fund be named for Philando Castile. Castile was the victim in a police shooting in Falcon Heights last July, and while the St. Anthony police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was charged with second degree manslaughter, he was found not guilty at his trial.

Dayton suggested naming the fund after Castile to comfort the friends and family of Castile, and mollify those protesting the raft of shootings of unarmed black men by police.

Unfortunately, Dayton’s suggestion angered police groups, who were also insulted that they were not invited to the announcement of the fund, where he was surrounded by Castile’s family. Dayton has since said he meant it as a healing gesture, and he supports the police as well.

There is need for better training among police in dealing with the communities they serve. There is also a need for a feeling of mutual respect. We doubt officers will feel much respect or give much heed to their “Philando Castile” training sessions.

Let’s just call it the Minnesota Police Training Fund and let it go at that.