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12 facts about Jeronimo Yanez, the cop who killed Philando Castile

A statement released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has named Jeronimo Yanez as the cop who killed Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black school cafeteria worker.

The statement was released yesterday evening, Thursday, July 7, stating that Jeronimo Yanez and Officer Joseph Kauser were involved in the Wednesday shooting during a routine traffic stop.

  1. Jeronimo Yanez is 28
  2. He has been with the St. Anthony Police Department for four years
  3. He was on the scene with a colleague – Officer Joseph Kauser
  4. Yanez opened fire, striking Castile multiple times
  5. He is currently on paid leave
  6. No detail has been given on either cop’s disciplinary record
  7. Yanez got married to Lyndsay Engstrom in November 2014
  8. He had a baby on August 4 last year, in Forest Lake, Minnesota
  9. No official release on his race or origin; Reynolds, Castile’s girlfriend, alleged he was ‘Chinese’
  10. The incident has been classified as homicide and the first officer-related shooting in 30 years.
  11. Convicted for minor traffic violations in 2015 and ‘snow emergency parking restrictions’ in 2014
  12. Minnesota governor, Mark Dayton blamed the death of on racial bias

– Seyifunmi Adebote for



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