Jeronimo Yanez & Joseph Kauser: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A sign reading, "Justice for Philando," and police tape are draped over the entrance of the Governor's Mansion following the police shooting death of a black man on July 7, 2016. (Getty)

A sign reading, “Justice for Philando,” and police tape are draped over the entrance of the Governor’s Mansion following the police shooting death of a black man on July 7, 2016. (Getty)

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You can read the original report below:

Jeronimo Yanez and Joseph Kauser have been identified as the St. Anthony police officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile Wednesday night in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, in a shooting that has captured national attention after video of the aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend.

It was Officer Yanez who fired the fatal shots.

Castille was killed during a traffic stop. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, was in the car, along with her 4-year-old daughter, at the time of the shooting.

Reynolds said in the video that Castile was shot multiple times while reaching for his wallet to get his license and other information. Castile had told the officer he was legally carrying a gun, Reynolds said. They had been pulled over for a broken tail light, Reynolds said.

Castile, 32, was a popular school cafeteria manager in Saint Paul. He had no major criminal record and his girlfriend said he had a license to carry a concealed weapon.

The shooting occurred in Falcon Heights, a town near Saint Paul where the St. Anthony Police Department is contracted to patrol. The small department has just 23 sworn officers.

Here’s what you need to know:

Warning: The video below is graphic.

1. Yanez, With His Gun Drawn, Yelled ‘I Told Him Not to Reach for It’ While Talking to Castile’s Girlfriend After the Shooting

The graphic video, which you can watch above, recorded by Diamond Reynolds and streamed live on Facebook starts as Castile is dying in the driver’s seat of the car.

“Stay with me. We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back,” Reynolds said. “They killed my boyfriend. He’s licensed he’s carried so he’s licensed to carry. He was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out his pocket and he let the officer know that he was that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm.

As Reynolds describes what happened, the officer can be heard saying “I told him not to reach for it,” before yelling “f*ck.”

Officer Jeronimo Yanez

Officer Jeronimo Yanez pictured in the Standing of the
Memorial Guard event as part of Law Enforcement Memorial Day and National Peace Officer’s Day in May 2015. (City of St. Antony)

Reynolds then says, “He had, you told him to get his ID, sir, his driver’s license. Oh my god please don’t tell me he’s dead,” and the officer says “f*ck” again.

The video also shows that the officer does not provide first aid to Castile as he bleeds in his seat. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton criticized officers during a press conference Thursday, saying they comforted the officer, who was shaken up by the shooting, but did not help the dying Castile.

Investigators have released few details about the shooting, citing the open investigation.

2. Both Have Been Cops in St. Anthony for 4 Years

Pastor Patricia Bell, right, of St. Paul, Minnesota, prays on July 7, 2016, with Gabriella Dunn and her children Oakland Dunn, 1, and Chloe Dunn, 4, at the scene of the latest shooting of a black man by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. (Getty)

Pastor Patricia Bell, right, of St. Paul, Minnesota, prays on July 7, 2016, with Gabriella Dunn and her children Oakland Dunn, 1, and Chloe Dunn, 4, at the scene of the latest shooting of a black man by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. (Getty)

Both officers have been with the St. Anthony Police Department for four years. They were named in a press release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Little else is known about the officer, including his disciplinary record. City reports from 2014 and 2015 detail Kauser and Yanez’s roles in community policing such as working in crime prevention units and helping the public with bike safety.

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, the St. Anthony Police Department said.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the state-level police agency, will be leading the investigation, according to officials. They will gather evidence to present to Ramsey County Attorney John Choi to make a decision on criminal charges. They have not said how long it will take for the investigation to be completed.

The Department of Justice told Governor Mark Dayton they will be monitoring the investigation and can assist as necessary.

Both Yanez and Kauser were interviewed by investigators the afternoon of July 7, the governor said.

3. Officer Yanez Is Married With 1 Child

Officer Yanez Wife Lindsey

(The Bump)

According to a now-deleted online registry at The Knot, Officer Jeronimo Yanez married a woman named Lyndsay Engstrom in November 2014. They live in Forest Lake, Minnesota, with their baby who was born on August 4, 2015.

4. Minnesota’s Governor Says He Doesn’t Think Castile Would Have Been Killed if He Was White

 Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton, speaks outside the Governor's Mansion. (Getty)

Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton, speaks outside the Governor’s Mansion. (Getty)

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said at a press conference there is “every indication” excessive force was used in the shooting and said he does not think Castile would have been shot dead if he was white.

“Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver were white?” he asked. “I don’t think it would have.”

Dayton continued, “I can’t say how shocked I am and deeply, deeply offended that this would happen to somebody in Minnesota,” Dayton said grimly. “No one should be shot in Minnesota for a taillight being out of function. No one should be killed in Minnesota while seated in their car.”

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama said he was “deeply troubled” by the shooting of Castile and the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“But regardless of the outcome of such investigations, what’s clear is that these fatal shootings are not isolated incidents,” Obama said in a statement. “They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve.”

5. Castile Was Loved by the Kids at the School Where He Worked & Was a ‘Good Man,’ His Family Says

Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul. A statement from the school system said Castile was hired in 2002, at age 19, and was promoted to supervisor two years ago. The statement described him as a “team player who maintained great relationships with staff and students alike” and said he was “quick to greet former co-workers with a smile and hug.”

The statement included this glowing assessment from a co-worker: “Kids loved him. He was smart, over-qualified. He was quiet, respectful, and kind. I knew him as warm and funny; he called me his ‘wingman.'”

“This was a GOOD MAN,” a parent of a child at the school wrote on Facebook, saying that Castile snuck extra graham crackers to children and hugged a borderline autistic child every day. He “pushed extra food in them like a grandma” and took care to know every single child’s name.

Philando’s uncle, Clarence, said Philando had worked in the cafeteria for 12 to 15 years “cooking for the little kids,” according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Clarence Castile called Philando “a good kid” and said he grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, also living in Minneapolis.

Castile’s mother told the Star-Tribune that her son had worked all of his adult life. “They killed my son,” she said. “They took a good man, a hard-working man; he worked since he was 18 years old.”


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Philando, ironically, tried to do the right thing. He tried to inform the cop he was legally carrying, this panicked the fairly new (4 years) cop, who went into trigger happy shooting. This was a perfect storm, that killed a good man. There are reports that the cop has hateful, racist posts (taken down since this killing), and if that is the case his attitudes and bias ADDED to his panic. Plus, there was a 4 year old in the car! The cop has separated from the police dept, not returning. Certainly he will never be a cop again – any police dept would be crazy to hire him. Too little for the family of the victim; but I am still glad to hear this. Will there ever be a tie swe stop hearing of these types of “mistaken” killing by cops? Or when juries stop backing the cops? This at least was manslaughter.. an action that causes the death of another.


Where is the video of Yanez in front of the confederate flag, playing the song Dixie and yelling about how Black Lives Matter people need to die? It was deleted off my FB page and now I can’t find it anywhere. He was not fearful he was hateful.

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