MINNEAPOLIS – The city of St. Anthony is defending the training and diversity of its police force, weeks after one of its officers fatally shot a black motorist in a nearby Minnesota city.
Questions about officer training were sparked by the July shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile, who was killed during a traffic stop by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez. Castile's girlfriend filmed the immediate aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook.
The city released a statement saying it's now information about police training. It noted that St. Anthony's 23 officers average nearly 80 hours of training each year. That's more than what the state requires.
The statement doesn't mention Castile by name, but says the city shares the grief over the shooting and wants to learn from it.