UPDATE: Officer Who Killed Black Driver to be Identified
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) - Minnesota's top public safety official says investigators plan to release the name of the officer who shot and killed a black driver after he is interviewed.
Department of Public Safety Commissioner Ramona Dohman said at a news conference in St. Paul that the officer who shot and killed Philando Castile on Wednesday will be interviewed later Thursday and that his name will be released afterward.
The officer shot Castile several times after police apparently stopped his vehicle due to a broken taillight in the Minneapolis suburb of Falcon Heights. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, was in the car and broadcast the aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook.
Dohman declined to say if investigators are reviewing other footage, what led to the traffic stop or whether Castile was licensed to carry a gun that Reynolds said he had in the car.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he doesn't think a police officer would have shot and killed a driver who apparently was pulled over for a broken taillight if the driver had been white instead of black.
Dayton said Thursday at a news conference in St. Paul that he thinks the police response was "way over" what was called for when the officer shot Castile several times.
Dayton says nobody should be killed for a broken taillight or while sitting in their car and that he was "deeply, deeply offended" by Castile's death.
Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, broadcast the aftermath of the shooting from inside the car on Facebook. Castile later died.
Protestors outside the Governor's residence. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota News Network