The police officer training fund won't be named after Philando Castile

Gov. Dayton said it should be. The board disagreed.

A fund dedicated to training police officers will not be named after Philando Castile. 

The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) on Thursday voted down Gov. Mark Dayton's recommendation that the $12 million training fund be named after Castile. 

Dayton released a statement following the vote, saying:

"I stand by my recommendation to name the fund after Philando Castile, but I have always known the decision was the POST Board’s to make."

The board instead decided to keep the original name of the fund – so it'll be called the Peace Officer Training Assistance Fund, the Star Tribune says

Eight board members voted against naming the fund after Castile, while two others – including Philando Castile's uncle, Clarence Castile – voted in favor of the name change. 

The $12 million funding was approved by the Legislature this year, and was drafted by law enforcement officials across the state. It'll be up to the POST Board to decide what new training and standards should be implemented using the money.

At Thursday's meeting members of the community, including Philando Castile's mom, spoke in favor of changing the name, saying it would help show that police are trying to repair relationships with the community, the Pioneer Press says

Only one person – Lt. Bob Kroll, who's the head of the Minneapolis police union – spoke out at the meeting against naming the fund after Castile, the Star Tribune notes. 

The day after Dayton recommended the fund be named after Castile, five law enforcement federations in the state – including the Minneapolis police union – spoke out against it. They argued doing so would be insulting to officers and accused the governor of turning "his back on police officers all over again."

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