Dear Governor Dayton,
My name is Andrew Brundidge. I am an African American boy. Also I’m 9 ½ years old.
I think there should be a law saying that officers must have a true and good reason to shoot someone. Plus, they must look at the required license if they pull someone over who is driving.
I myself, on behalf of Black people everywhere, don’t think that it’s fair for a police officer to shoot and kill someone who hasn’t done anything wrong. If someone is not a threat to law enforcement, a police officer should not have the right to take their life. Philando Castile did not deserve to die.
I have three younger siblings who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders: my baby brother Brandon who is three years old, my sister Cameron who is two years old. The youngest, Daniel, who is one years old, was diagnosed a few months ago. Daniel can’t talk yet.
If an officer asks Daniel a question and he can’t answer, will they shoot him because he didn’t respond? I will not let him die because of that. I hope you can make a difference for me, and for Daniel.
Andrew James Brundidge
Cottage Grove, Minnesota