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What we know about Philando Castile killer

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An innocent man by the name of Philando Castile was shot in the arm and killed by Minnesota police officer, Jeronimo Yanez.

An interview by his girlfriend and witness is heartbreaking.

But the video of the shooting is even worse.

CNN interviewed Philando Castile’s mother as well.

We now know a little bit more about the officer who shot him.

On Thursday night, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) named Jeronimo Yanez as the officer who shot dead Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man, during a routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on Wednesday.

Yanez, 28, lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and infant child, reports The Star Tribune.He graduated from the Minnesota State University in 2010 and was sworn into the St. Anthony Police Department in 2011.

Yanez has no criminal history and no history of civil lawsuits. Both Yanez and Kauser have been placed on administrative leave.

The department released a statement:

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is conducting an independent investigation into the incident.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez and Officer Joseph Kauser have both been with the St. Anthony Police Department for four years. Both are on standard administrative leave.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office this evening identified the person fatally shot during the incident as Philando Divall Castile, 32, St. Paul. Castile died of multiple gunshot wounds.

At approximately 9:05 p.m. Wednesday, the two St. Anthony police officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Larpenteur Avenue West and Fry Street in Falcon Heights. Castile was the driver of that vehicle.

Officer Yanez approached the vehicle from the driver’s side and Officer Kauser from the passenger side. At one point during the interaction, Officer Yanez discharged his weapon, striking Castile multiple times. No one else was injured. A gun was recovered at the scene.

Officer Yanez radioed a request for an ambulance. There were two passengers in the vehicle, Diamond Reynolds and her juvenile daughter.

Additional responding personnel from the Roseville Police Department and St. Paul Fire Department removed Castile from the vehicle and provided medical attention until the ambulance arrived. Castile was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Law enforcement personnel transported Reynolds and her daughter to the Roseville Police Department, where Reynolds provided a statement to investigators about the incident. Afterward, a Roseville police officer brought Reynolds home.

The BCA investigation into this incident is ongoing

Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office without recommendation for review under Minnesota statutes.”

Thanks to Business Insider for this one.

Let’s hope with all the recent statements from candidates, speakers of the House, Presidents and former presidents — who appear to be more upset about the tragic loss of cops then the loss of innocent black men — that all victims are not forgotten.

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