Falcon Heights police shooting reverberates across the nation
The traffic stop was routine, at first. A police officer pulled over a white Oldsmobile for a broken light on a middle-class suburban Twin Cities street.
But minutes later, Philando Castile, a 32-year-old school cook from St. Paul, lay bloodied from gunshots and dying in the driver’s seat, his final minutes live-streamed on video for the world to see by his girlfriend sitting alongside him.
Late Thursday, the officer was identified as Jeronimo Yanez, who fired multiple times. Yanez and Joseph Kauser, who also was part of the traffic stop, have been placed on paid leave. Both have been with the St. Anthony Police Department for four years.